Few people would deny the importance of using student performance data to plan instruction and curriculum, identify the need for individual student support, and establish professional development goals to better serve student needs.  What schools grapple with are questions such as, What data are most important to focus on? What are the best ways to organize data? When is there enough time to devote to data analysis?

The Data Use Toolkit provides help to plan and implement activities and strategies for using data effectively.  The Toolkit includes online resources to help those responsible for professional development to improve school and student performance.  This includes school coaches, state and district education agencies, charter management organizations and school networks facilitated by intermediary organizations. 

What distinguishes the Data Use Toolkit from other existing data tools is the focus on collecting, interpreting and acting on data elements related to the alignment of secondary and postsecondary teaching and learning.  The Toolkit is a resource for supporting schools that blend college course taking in high school as a key design feature. It draws on JFF's experience managing the national Early College High School Initiative - http://www.earlycolleges.org

This toolkit is the result of a collaboration between Jobs for the Future’s Early College High School Student Information System (SIS) and the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST). Development of the toolkit was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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