March 6, 2017
The AERA Data SIG Business Meeting will be help on Sunday, April 30 from 6:15 to 7:45pm at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Third Floor Bonham C.
Please come and join the session. The session will include local Texas educators talking about how they use data.
October 18, 2016
The AERA Data Driven Decision Making in Education Special Interest Group (Data SIG) is pleased to announce a new resource and upcoming webinar.
REL Appalachia developed the Teacher Data Use Survey (TDUS) in collaboration with a panel of expert researchers to help education leaders understand the kinds of supports needed to promote effective data use to improve teaching and learning in their schools. The survey helps identify how teachers use different types of data; teacher attitudes toward data use; how teachers collaborate to use data; and supports to help teachers use data.
The TDUS is authored by Data SIG members – Jeff Wayman, Vincent Cho, Ellen Mandinach, Jonathan Supovitz, and Stephanie Wilkerson. The survey comes in three versions: one for teachers, one for administrators, and one for instructional support staff. Together, these survey versions provide a full picture of teachers’ data use. The survey can also be customized to gather information on specific types of data, such as state, periodic, and local data. Using REL Appalachia TDUS reporting tools, survey results can be presented in a full data report in Word and as a visual dashboard.
Jeff Wayman and Stephanie Wilkerson are doing a webinar series on using the TDUS. The next webinar is on Friday, October 21, 2016. If you are interested in joining, please register.
The survey, implementation manual, and tools are available for public use:
- Teacher Survey.
- Administrator Survey.
- Instructional Support Staff Survey.
- Guide to using the Teacher Data Use Survey.
- Teacher Data Use Survey Report Template.
- Sample dashboard report.
September 15, 2016
Dr. Ellen Mandinach (WestEd) and Edith Gummer (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation) gave the keynote address at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Annual Conference on September 29th.
The keynote is entitled “Data and Educator Preparation Programs: Data for Programmatic Continuous Improvement and Data Literacy for Teachers.” Drs. Mandinach and Gummer discussed how educator preparation programs can use data to facilitate their process of continuous improvement. They also introduced a new construct, Data Literacy For Teachers, and discussed why it is important for educator preparation programs to include instruction on all sources of data use, not just assessment results.
Mandinach and Gummer were available for a book signing for their new book entitled Data Literacy For Educators: Making It Count in Teacher Preparation and Practice.
July 11, 2016
The Data for Decisions Initiative is proud to announce two upcoming presentations during the 2016 NCES Summer Forum and STATS-DC Data Conference. The conference will be held at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC from Sunday, July 10th through Thursday, July 14th.
- On Tuesday, July 12th, Dr. Ellen Mandinach and Dr. Ryan Miskell (WestEd), Dr. Edith Gummer (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation), and Mr. Jeff Falter (Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) will give a presentation titled, “What Data Parents Want: Using a Data Dashboard in Missouri.” The presentation will be held from 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM in the Virginia Room on the second level.
- On Thursday, July 14th, Dr. Ellen Mandinach (WestEd), Dr. Jessica Mislevy (AIR), and Mr. Doug Paulson (Minnesota Department of Education) will give a presentation titled, “Measuring New Indicators for STEM Education: State-Level Opportunities and Learning Examples.” The presentation will be held from 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM in the Virginia Room on the second level.
March 21, 2016
DDI welcomes you to join the inaugural business meeting of an AERA Special Interest Group (SIG) on data-driven decision-making. The SIG will be launched at this year’s American Educational Research Association annual meeting in Washington, DC, Monday, April 11, 6:45-8:15pm (EST) at the Marriott Marquis, Level 4, Independence Salon G.
This SIG will provide interested researchers with an intellectual and collaborative home where theory, research, policy, and practice on data-driven decision-making can be shared with like-minded colleagues. Note: If you are unable to attend the SIG meeting and/or are interested in more information, please feel free to contact Ellen Mandinach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.674.9300.
Data-driven decision-making in education has become an increasingly emphasized topic by policymakers. Educators at all levels of the education system — from classrooms, schools, districts, state education agencies, and at the federal level — are expected to use data in effective and responsible ways. Having the right data and using them appropriately can provide credible and informative insights into what is really happening to students, teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders. For example, the decision to implement a new program, curriculum, or intervention should be based on data that support the particular situation.
Research on data use has paralleled this emphasis, but until now has lacked an intellectual home, despite undergirding many of the divisions of AERA. Teachers inform their classroom practices and make instructional decisions based on many sources of data. Education leaders at the building level help to create data cultures in schools. Superintendents and state commissioners must make informed decisions based on hard evidence. Policymakers rely on sound evidence from which to make decisions. It is safe to say that data should permeate all education practice.
As Director of the Data for Decisions Initiative at WestEd, Ellen Mandinach led the creation of this SIG. The Data for Decisions website provides resources to help educators use data for effective decision-making, and now the AERA SIG will further increase understanding and capacity on data for decision-making.
We look forward to seeing you on April 11, in Washington, DC, for a collaborative, engaging kick-off discussion on data-driven decision-making in education. As mentioned above, for more information, especially for those who will be unable to attend the session, please feel free to contact Ellen Mandianch at email@example.com or 202.674.9300.
March 23, 2016
WestEd’s Ellen Mandinach will present on data-driven decision-making at a pre-conference workshop of the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation Conference (CAEP),* Wednesday, March 23, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, CA.
Participants attending Mandinach’s “Using Data for Programmatic Continuous Improvement and the Preparation of Data Literacy for Educators” workshop will learn about two emerging issues that impact teacher preparation programs:
- The use of data to inform the continuous improvement of programs
- Integration of data literacy as an essential skill set into teacher preparation
Rather than viewing data-driven decision-making as a heavy-handed accountability issue, schools of education can come to see that data can be helpful to facilitate improvement, according to Mandinach.
Mandinach is the Director of the Data for Decisions Initiative at WestEd and a leading expert in data-driven decision-making.
* CAEP advances educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.
December 9, 2015
Diana Nunnaley of the Using Data Project and Ellen Mandinach of WestEd, both DDI and MACC@WestEd staffers, will give two workshops on December 9th at the Priority and Focus Schools Leadership Academy for the SAS Institute of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The workshops, Using Data to Improve Student Achievement and Performance, will be conducted in Hershey, PA.
October 16, 2015
Ellen Mandinach (WestEd and the DDI) conducted a workshop at the 2015 CAEP Conference. The workshop, entitled “Using Data for Programmatic Continuous Improvement and the Preparation of Data Literacy for Educators,” engaged deans of schools of education and other administrators about the use of data. It is a resource to help administrators understand why data literacy is so important and to think through how the construct can be integrated into teacher preparation programs. The workshop also helped institutions think through how to use data for programmatic improvement.
September 17, 2015
On September 17, Ellen Mandinach (WestEd and the DDI) and Edith Gummer (Kauffman Foundation) will conduct an invited workshop at the CAEP Conference. The workshop, entitled Using Data For Programmatic Continuous Improvement and the Preparation of Data Literacy for Educators, will engage deans of schools of education and other administrators about the use of data. It will help the administrators to understand why data literacy is so important and issue around how the construct can be integrated into teacher preparation programs. The workshop also will help the institutions to use data for programmatic improvement.
July 7, 2015
WestEd’s Martin Orland and Ellen Mandinach Presenting at 2015 NCES National Forum on Education Statistics
Dr. Martin Orland (WestEd) and Dr. Ellen Mandinach (WestEd) will be presenting at the the 2015 NCES National Forum on Education Statistics on July 7th. The title of their presentation is “An Exploration of the Alignment of SLDS Infrastructure and Data Highway to Relevant Success Indicators in Mathematics and Science.” They will be joined by Karen King (NSF). The presentation will be held at the Marriott Warman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.
July 9, 2015
Dr. Ellen Mandinach (WestEd) will be be presenting on Identifying Feasible Approaches for Measuring K-12 STEM Education Indicators at Multiple System Levels at the 2015 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference. She will be joined by Jessica Mislevy (SRI), Rolf Blank (NORC), and Ardize Hartry (Berkley). The presentation takes place on July 9th at the Marriott Warman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.
About the Presentation: The National Research Council’s report Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 Education: A Nation Advancing? calls for a national indicator system that could be used by policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to improve K-12 STEM education. After introducing the effort, a cadre of projects funded by the National Science Foundation to inform approaches for measuring the 14 indicators from the report will engage participants in an interactive discussion about the feasibility of leveraging data collections through states and districts and existing data elements managed by the National Center for Education Statistics to measure and report K-12 STEM Indicators at multiple system levels.
March 16, 2015
WestEd’s Ellen Mandinach presented the paper “Case Studies of Schools of Education: What We Can Learn About Improving Data Literacy Among Educators” on Thursday, April 16th. The presentation was a part of the roundtable session titled “Developing Data and Assessment Literacy in Preservice Education.”
On Friday, April 17th. Dr. Mandinach also served as a discussant in a session called “Professional Development Interventions in Data Use and Their Effects: An International Perspective.” This session used examples from the Netherlands, New Zealand, Belgium, South Africa, and the United States to discuss how professional development initiatives support data-based decision making in schools.
The AERA website has more information on events, topics, and speakers.
March 13, 2015
Dr. Ellen Mandinach (WestEd) and Diana Nunnaley (TERC) presetned at the Pennsylvania Department of Education Data Summit on Mach 24th at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. The presentation is titled “Enculturating Data Use in Your District or School: Identifying Needs, Challenges, and Opportunities.
The summit ran from March 22nd through March 25th. Participants heard from national experts on ways to use quality data to evaluate overall performance, predict student outcomes, and encourage informed teaching. Sessions will cover the impact of timely submission of quality data on local education agency (LEA) initiatives, such as the School Performance Profile and Educator Effectiveness. Detailed sessions on the Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS) were presented for beginners and veterans alike. Workshops were offered for administrators, data staff, and PIMS administrators, as well as IT/technical staff and directors.
The 2015 PDE Data Summit was a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic (REL Mid-Atlantic). PDE is a member of the REL Mid-Atlantic Longitudinal Data Use Research Alliance.
October 24, 2014
Public reporting makes data about schools and districts—including enrollment, student performance, teacher effectiveness, and more—available to the public. These data are critical to meeting the information needs of parents, educators, administrators, policymakers, and others with a stake in education
What: The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is hosting a twitter town hall to chat about how quality public reporting of education data can support student achievement!
Where: #Data4Decisions on Twitter
When: Tuesday, October 28, 8:00–9:00 p.m. (EDT)
Who: DQC is teaming up with Achieve, Arkansas Department of Education, Collaborative Communications Group, Illinois State Board of Education, Education Trust, and Students First to provide the best information about how you can use public reported education data.
October 15, 2014
The 28th Annual EVA conference will be held in Denver, CO from October 15-18, 2014 and will feature a range of sessions related to data-driven decision making. This year’s theme is entitled “Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future” and will feature presentations from a range of experts, workshops, career boards, and an exhibitor hall.
September 30, 2014
DDI staff and partners will present at the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) conference on September 30, 2014.
Staff from WestEd, the Data Quality Campaign, and Adelphia University (NY) will present on the importance of ensuring that teacher candidates learn to become data literate. Don’t miss this session or any of the other fantastic sessions at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) conference in Washington, DC September 29 – October 1, 2014.
July 30, 2014
The 2014 STATS-DC Data Conference will take place from July 30 – August 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. The conference is an opportunity for professional networking, updates on federal and national activities affecting data collection and reporting, and information about the best new approaches in collecting, reporting, and using education statistics and will feature trainings and presentations from researchers and practitioners, including DDI staff. The conference is free to attend, but registration is required.
July 23, 2014
DDI staff will partner with the Charlottesville Public Schools (VA) and REL Appalachia’s Virginia Middle School Alliance to lead a workshop on how data use plays out in schools and classrooms.
The workshop will focus on: (1) steps that school leaders can take to build teachers’ knowledge and skills in using data, (2) why both the central office and school leaders are essential for creating and sustaining a culture that supports effective data use, and (3) where you are in the process of developing knowledge and experience using data in your division and supporting data use in your schools.
June 18, 2014
WestEd and TERC staff to lead a session on Data Driven Instruction at the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) conference.
The conference is June 18, 2014 in Albany, New York and is free to attend. The theme of the conference is Emerging Evidence and Promising Practices for Educator Preparation programs and teachers and school administrators, as well as faculty and staff from teacher and leader preparation programs are encouraged to attend.
April 3, 2014
Ellen Mandinach will chair a session entitled “Using Data for School and Student Performance Improvement”, while Martin Orland will serve as the discussant, and Edith Gummer will be a panelist. Colleagues from the University of California – San Diego; the University of Delaware; the University of Southern California; and Wayman Services, LLC will also join the panel. More information about that session can be found here.
In a roundtable session, Mandinach, Gummer, and Friedman, will present their paper entitled “What Are Schools of Education Doing to Improve Data Literacy Among Educators?” The paper will be presented in the Challenging Preservice Teachers’ Conceptions and Practices of Student Assessment and Evaluation roundtable in the Roundtable 1 session. More information about that session can be found here.
March 15, 2014
WestEd’s Ellen Mandinach will present in a session at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards 2014 Teaching & Learning conference. The presentation will describe why teachers need to be data literate. It will explain what skills and knowledge teachers need to use data effectively. The session will consist of a superintendent who has transformed her district, a professor who teaches data literacy, a research, and an advocate for data use.
March 13, 2014
Martin Orland will chair a panel discussion at The Association for Education Finance and Policy annual conference in San Antonio, TX. The panel will feature Ellen Mandinach and collaborators from the DQC and Dell Foundation and will focus on the resource and policy implications of major data initiative in the education sector.
February 4, 2014
WestEd’s Ellen Mandinach was invited presenter at the Data Quality Campaign’s National Event, Empowering Teachers with Data: Policies and Practices to Promote Educator Data Literacy on February 4, 2014. Mandinach discussed data use in state licensure and teacher certification.
The archived event is now available by selecting the link above.