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Chapter 15: Making Data-Based Decisions for Student Success

Karl H. Clauset & Sherman H. Parker & Marcia R. Whitney

Making Data-Based Decisions for Student Success Teaching can be a lonely and isolated profession. Often the teacher is alone with the students and makes decisions on learning strategies with no collaboration with other adults. Using Whole-Faculty Study Groups (WFSGs) to analyze data and study student work allows teachers to cooperatively develop successful strategies for student learning and to create a more collaborative environment for effective learning. This chapter describes how data about their students' learning is an essential resource for WFSGs and how such study groups continually make data-based decisions as they address student learning needs. Five types of data-based decisions that WFSGs make are discussed. The study-group process for making data-based decisions is highlighted with illustrations from a WFSG school. As WFSGs begin to implement their action plans, they make five types of data-based decisions: 1. Analyze student needs to decide what to focus on. 2. Establish baseline 3. ...

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