Dr. Ellen Mandinach (WestEd) and Edith Gummer (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation) gave the keynote address at the CAEP Annual Conference....more >
Ellen Mandinach (WestEd and the DDI) conducted a workshop at the 2015 CAEP Conference on using data for programmatic continuous improvement....more >
Diana Nunnaley of the Using Data Project and Ellen Mandinach of WestEd will give two workshops on December 9th at the Priority and Focus Schools Leadership Academy in Hershey, PA....more >
The use of data for decision making is an increasingly important topic in education. For the past decade, policymakers have been emphasizing that educators should inform their practice by using evidence-based information, including, but not limited to, assessment data, behavioral data, health data, and even transportation data, to examine how to improve educational outcomes.
Data for decision making applies at all levels: classroom, school, district, state, and federal. Data provide concrete evidence on which to base decisions. For example, the decision to implement a program, new curriculum, or intervention should be based on data that speak to effectiveness in the particular situation. On the Data for Decisions Initiative website you will find: