At first glance, achievement data do not always reveal the underlying problem or condition. It is often important to unpack the data in order to better understand what the issues really are in order to begin developing an action plan for responding.

For example, a passing rate of 100 percent holds a different level of significance when one student took the course than when thirty students took it. Also, student performance on core academic courses, such as physics or trigonometry, may be weighed differently than performance in non-academic subjects.

The Identifying A Problem tool provides an example of a data report intended to support principals and teachers to improve student learning. The report presents information to help measure the progress the school is making and to identify questions for further analysis. This protocol will provide practice in drilling down to identify problems.

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