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Electronic Learning Assessment Resources (ELAR)

Looking for a product to help you make a data-driven decision? There are many products on the market to help districts utilize student assessment data in sound decision making. Which one will help a district become an effective data-driven organization? California's CLRN project is charged with reviewing such products against a set of criteria that TICAL cadre members helped to develop. In this area of the CLRN website you’ll find the reviews as well as the criteria which you may want to use as you shop for your own ELAR.


Chugach School District

Chugach School District, Alaska, was the smallest organization to ever win a Baldrige Award. This small Alaskan school district transformed itself from failing to thriving with data-driven decision making, and individualized instruction. Their site contains many lessons learned and resources.


Waterford Institute

This organization provides research, curriculum, and software to assist students in learning to read. Assessment are also provided to assist your school or district in making data-driven decisions.



Formerly called Just for The Kids, this is a great free tool for administrators to view school and district achievement data. This site is great for principals and can be used with teachers to show grade level results. District office leaders can easily see which schools need improvement in specific areas. You can see a comparison with the top 10 schools with your same demographics, and they will be ones close enough to visit. Charts are colorful to assist your entire staff in data-driven decision making. There is also a tab that indicates NCLB compliance.


Quick Takes: Google Forms

This Quick Take shows you how to use Google Forms, a subset of Google Docs, to gather survey data for your data-driven decisions. You will learn how to create your own Google Form and distribute an unlimited amount for free!

This company provides services and product solutions for schools, districts, and related agencies in the areas of assessment and technology use planning and implementation. One of their products, INFORM, is an Internet-based software suite that assists in the assessment of students by effectively managing data and instructional practices to achieve continuous improvement. As of 2008, Kyrene School District was using EDmin tools to facilitate data-driven decision making by principals, teachers and district leaders.


Data Management and Analysis -- SuperTECH News May 2007

The May 2007 issue of the BLE Group SuperTECH News focuses on Data Management and Analysis tools. The newsletter defines three levels of data solutions and analysis sophistication with a summary of current trends. The products and solutions review covers: Excelsior Software, 3H Technology, Edusoft, Achieve! Data Solutions, Cal Data,, SchoolNet, Oracle, Cognos, eScholar, TetraData, and SAS Institute. A profile of Lake Washington School District highlights the hard work required to get good, clean data into the system and the readiness of teachers and administrators. Excellent item for your data-driven decision making reading list!


A Data-Driven Organization's Approach to Assessing The Quality of Program Delivery

Jim Cox explains the difference between outcome and process data and explains how process information can be used to examine program delivery.


How A Data-Driven Organization Deals With Aligning Assessment Measures to Local Standards (One of the greatest barriers to becoming a proactive Data-Driven Organization)

In this article Jim Cox explains how to determine whether or not an assessment tool and the curriculum being taught are actually aligned.


Data-Driven Organizations: What Do They Look Like?

Jim Cox shares his vision of what constitutes a data-driven organization. He takes the reader beyond standardized test scores and the importance of causal information. Although this article was written several years ago, the information presented still holds true today.


Identify Program Elements to Improve Student Achievement (AOP Form)

The Analysis of Process (AOP) worksheet will assist you in the identification of elements of a school program that can help you improve student achievement. This tool is referenced in the article "A Data-Driven Organization's Approach to Assessing The Quality of Program Delivery" written by Jim Cox and available online in Portical's Expert Opinion area. A template for the worksheet and a sample are available in HTML and PDF formats.


Using Classroom Data to Improve Student Achievement

If you are a principal try to use data-driven decision making to improve student achievement, then this website has a lot of information for you. In his Using Classroom Data to Improve Student Achievement institute, Dr. Dennis Fox teaches principals and teachers simple, step-by-step, easy to use strategies that apply to all grade levels, subject areas, and scoring systems. These strategies help principals help classroom teachers better organize classroom data.


Data-Driven Decision Making

Cadre members Devin Vodicka and John White, principal in Los Angeles Unified, collaborated on this presentation which provides an overview of the basics, free resources, and links to useful resources to improve the use of data as a tool for improving teaching and learning.


3D - Data-Driven Decision Making

Developed by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), this web site provides school administrators with current examples of how data-driven decision making systems have improved student achievement and helped make the best use of technology funds. This website is especially helpful in providing research-based examples and case studies for implementing new tools and programs related to data.


Data Teams

In this Radio TICAL episode, San Jose Unified School District managers Bill Erlendson and Marcy Lauck share a new way to facilitate data-driven decision making.


How to use Electronic Learning Assessment Resources (ELAR) Web site

This tool was designed by the ELAR staff to assist you in navigating the Web site. It was prepared for beginning to advanced users of data-driven resources in hopes of helping you make decisions based on data. This document is broken down by concept, where to find the resource on the site, and a direct URL link.


Data-Driven Decision Making and Electronic Learning Assessment Resources (ELAR)

Many vendors are offering various technology tools to support data-driven decision making. In this short article, John Cradler provides a nice overview of just what's necessary for data-driven decision making to be successful and how CLRN's reviews of electronic learning assessment resources (ELAR) can help administrators with the task of choosing among competing products.


Using Data to Improve Schools -- What's Working

Designed primarily for district superintendents and their leadership teams to assist in data-driven decision making. The guide also includes an extensive glossary, tips for dealing with the media, and metrics to assess changes within the district. As of May 2007, it was freely available by download.


Data-Driven Decision Making : Vision to Know and Do

As part of its Essential Leadership Skills series, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has developed training materials for a workshop on data-driven decision making. See this backgrounder brief for an overview of what's included.


Just for the Kids-California (JFTK-CA) Best Practices

This 15-minute presentation will explain the many resources and specific practices collected from high performing school across the country found on the free, online data and school improvement system called Just for the Kids-California. You will be walked through the Best Practices area of the Web site and even be shown how to assess your own school, district, and/or classroom to assist you in data-driven decision making.



Exchange Pointe International has developed an excellent set of school and classroom climate surveys for online administration and provides immediate survey results in colorful, easy-to-interpret charts and graphs. Teachers, parents, administrators, and students in grades 3 or higher can easily complete survey questions on the Web. Reports provide immediate data on customer satisfaction for use in school improvement plans and other decision making. It's possible to customize the surveys for specific needs. Exchange Pointe International also provides consulting on organizational development, accountability, and assessment issues.


Software for K-12 Education-- SAS

SAS claims to provide a "powerful and interrelated suite of solutions and services, including curriculum resources, schooling-effectiveness technologies and administrative solutions." The company's "business intelligence" products address a range of information and decision-making needs from asset management to data warehousing, analysis, and synthesis. Poway Unified School District near San Diego, California, is one district that has chosen SAS as a solution provider.


Fighting Data with Data: The educational and political benefits of disaggregated data

In this article, Jim Cox discusses how school administrators can respond to external criticism of test scores with additional data gathered at the site or within the district. Although this article was written several years ago, the principles discussed still hold true today and are worthwhile for school administrators to review and share.

The website offers test data for individual schools to enable them to use data to drive their teaching and decision-making process. As of April 2003, all clients are from California so an analysis for use by other states is not presently available. Prospective schools outside of California may want to contact the company for further information on different state standards and testing instruments.


Linking Data and Learning: The Grow Network Study

Published in 2005 by the Center for Children and Technology, this study compares New York City classrooms using Grow Network report data in their decision making with teachers who are not using the grow reports. Great insight into how teachers use and feel about assessment data, technology to analyze data, their own perceptions, and the outcomes for students.


Turning Technologies

This personal response system provides a hardware and software solution to providing teachers with instant feedback on student performance on standards. The system allows teachers to create assessment questions keyed to content standards. Students use a remote wireless device to respond to questions presented online. Results are immediate, allowing teachers to make decisions about reteaching and/or other intervention strategies for students who have not mastered the content. A wide variety of report formats are available to teachers to assist in informing instruction. The system seems easy to use and provides teachers with the advantages of program data and diagnostic data to help teachers inform instruction.



PDExpress is essentially the equivalent of a "teacher information system." Store staff data including locations, credentials, professional development plans, coaching relationships, etc. The system can be populated with professional development activities and/or courses and participation is tracked through the system as well. Teachers each have a unique log-in through the web and they can review their records. E-mail reminders for activity registrations, credential expirations, and other professional development items can be automatically configured. You will find that this is a user-friendly system to centralize your professional development organization and documentation.


Just For The Kids-California (JFTK-CA) Presentation

Locating beneficial resources to help display data can be a daunting task. TICAL cadre member Sandra Miller shares many ways this free resource for California schools can display data and provide best practices. After viewing this presentation, you will be ready to use your site's data for key decision making.


Data Visualization in Panama-Buena Vista!

Great video and white paper describing Kevin Silberberg's Data Dashboard using data to start conversations and make decisions.


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