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Academic Leadership Journal

Abstract

Data-driven decision making is a major role of principals and school-based administrators. These decision makers use data to improve not only student performance, but also to identify teacher competency, needs for professional development, allocation of resources, and communication of data results (3D, 2010). The format used to collect and report data is varied, but technology seems to be the most widely used means of collection by school districts. There are web-based systems, as well as district developed formats for monitoring student achievement. An effective system of data collection is a simple, easy to use format that provides results in a timely manner. Standards-aligned observations can provide evidence of student and teacher outcomes across the content areas. Technology standards for students can be observed and evaluated, as well.

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