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The Power of Data Point


William J. Neutz, Ed.D. is an independent consultant

Whenever assessing formative student data, be on the lookout for very small trends, desired or not, which run contrary to the usual or expected. Several years ago, data from the student information system at Granby High School pointed administrators to a tiny increase in attendance for a small group of students during the first few months of an emerging 9th grade transition program.

Transition programs have become more common, and now the task is to continually assess which teams result in the highest student achievement. While state and district data reports are helpful for annual or multi-year trends, the daily task of assessing achievement for continuous improvement is addressed by our school staffs. As you discuss questions about specific student groups, make your data software program a valued partner as you continue with action research cycle.

Some questions you may want to consider:

  • Which grades / homerooms / teams / counselors / technology integration applications are producing attendance rates / honor roll students / low failure rates/scholarships well above (or below) the school average?
  • What may account for the differences?
  • What is your school average?

William J. Neutz, Ed.D. is an independent consultant. Retired from Norfolk Public Schools, he served on a district team in the early 90's implementing a National Institute of Justice program using software data to focus on school discipline issues. Bill continued to acquire considerable experience generating many forms of actionable data to improve achievement. He was recognized by the NPS Information Division in 2005 as an Employee of the Quarter for commitment to the data needs of school personnel.

Interested readers are encouraged to contact Dr. Neutz for information about a no cost / no obligation opportunity to improve schools. Contact Bill at 757.642.2879 or email at: wjn@roadrunner.com.

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Questions?
Interested readers are encouraged to contact Dr. Neutz for information about a no cost / no obligation opportunity to improve schools. Contact Bill at 757.642.2879 or email at: wjn@roadrunner.com.