Data-Based Decision Making (DBDM) is…
- A process for making decisions based on data, as opposed to decisions based on intuition or only a few observations.
- An ongoing, outcomes driven approach.
- A way of collecting, organizing, and analyzing data for the purposes of problem-solving and making instructional decisions.
- A continuous approach to school improvement.
Data-Based Decision Making (DBDM) can involve1Marsh, J. A., Pane, J. F., & Hamilton, L. S. (2006). Making sense of data-driven decision ...continue
- Student information (input) data.
- Instructional (process) data.
- Student learning and social/behavioral (outcome) data.
- Family, parent, or student report (perceptual) data.
When data is collected, analyzed, prioritized, and synthesized, it becomes “actionable knowledge” for making decisions.
In this module, you will learn about Data-Based Decision Making (DBDM) as a systematic approach for driving instructional decisions. You will discover
- The importance of using a process for Data-Based Decision Making and the components of an effective process.
- The design and implementation of a Data-Based Decision Making Plan that will significantly improve student outcomes.
- How to overcome roadblocks to Data-Based Decision Making.
- Gather a set of student data to use throughout this module.
- Read the article “Teachers Harness the Power of Assessment” by Herman, Wardrip, Hall and Chimino (2012) found at https://learningforward.org/docs/jsd-august-2012/herman334.pdf.
- Reflective Questions
- What does your current DBDM process look like? Reflect on the specific tools and process you use to plan and modify instruction when students do not “get it.”
- Why is collecting data about student thinking and understanding so important?
- What organizational supports help facilitate the effective use of data?
- What ideas do you already have about how to improve student outcomes through DBDM?
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|1.||↑||Marsh, J. A., Pane, J. F., & Hamilton, L. S. (2006). Making sense of data-driven decision making in education: Evidence from recent RAND research. Retrieved from http://www.rand.org/pubs/occasional_papers/OP170.html.|