Data Analysis for Design – October 26, 2018

October 26, 2018

Good afternoon,

Last Friday I wrote of the design for Rutland City Public Schools to be recognized as a World Class Education System that achieves tremendous outcomes for every member of our family. A system based on equity not equality. I asked that you consider a system that begins the design at the margins.

So what is a system that is designed from the margins? So what are the needs of our staff, students and larger community? Who are our most marginalized students and how do we design for each individual and the collective? How does a system designed from the margins benefit Every Student, Every Day!? How do we design for ourselves first, in order to meet their needs? So where do we begin?

We begin with collecting and analyzing data.  Data that gives us a big picture overview of our current state.  Data that also digs deeper into the individuals within the organization.  Data around student learning outcomes that includes:

  • Writing samples
  • Formative assessments
  • Benchmark assessments
  • Weekly assessments/tests
  • Projects
  • E.P. goals
  • SBAC

We will dig deeper into behavioral data.  This deep dig will not just look at the number of incidents or suspensions, but will include:

  • Type of incident
  • Time and location
  • Who is making referrals
  • Who is receiving the referrals
  • What resolution was attained

We will examine attendance data. This examination will be for both students and staff.  The analysis will include:

  • Staff
  • Students
  • Days of the week
  • Truancy rates at schools and for individuals

We will finally analyze resource data.  This analysis will include:

  • Programs
  • Staffing levels
  • Extracurricular and athletic opportunities
  • Clubs and organizations
  • Academic resources
  • Employee engagement

This data analysis will begin our results oriented cycle of inquiry. Our results oriented cycle of inquiry will be conducted at both the district and school levels. We will review our resource allocation and curricular tools. Once we have a clear picture we will develop our personal and professional goals. Then develop and implement our plans for improvement.  Finally, we will assess our results and begin the cycle again.

Have a great weekend!

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