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Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  268 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Driven by Data offers valuable tips and general guidelines about data-based methods and the difficulties surrounding the implementation of data-driven instruction. Through a CD-ROM, this guidebook provides all the tools needed to launch data-driven instruction effectively, such as an implementation rubric, meeting agendas, calendars, assessment templates, and more. Written ...more
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Published March 18th 2010 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 1st 2010)
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Becky Soledad
Great practice but with state tests being so secret and less and less time to evaluate data not always practical. If every school had access to the information they needed and the time to create and evaluate assessments the state of education would be so much better.
Apr 12, 2017 Shana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely want to use this next year for our data mtgs and building our PLT's.
Steven Peterson
Dec 05, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Data driven instruction. . . . That is the focus of this interesting volume. The book has two parts (Page xix): ". . .the practical framework for effective data-driven instruction. . .followed by the professional development activities needed to build the framework. . ." The book begins by arguing that we should concentrate on finding out what enhances student learning. So, assess learning; determine what enhances and what slows learning; teach what student need to learn; create a school culture ...more
Leanna Aker
Dec 07, 2014 Leanna Aker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This will be my bible on instructional coaching and leadership. I consider this a must read for educational leaders. The book doesn't preach. It leads. Through example (after example, after example). This is a practical guide for using data to improve instruction. And we're not talking about lip service. Not only is it a how-to, but it is a book with detailed, insightful guides about what to do when met with what kinds of resistance, what not to focus on, etc. This book was recommended to me by ...more
Crystal Demsky
I was required to read this book for Professional Development in 2014 while teaching for an online public school. While it was helpful in understanding the data-driven model of instruction (assessments should be written before the information is taught; what is missed on assessments should be retaught, what is taught should match what you actually test, etc.), it offered little in practical tips for being a better teacher. While some of the book is practical for planning units in one's curriculu ...more
Mrs. Koprevich
There were many practical approaches on how to use data. Unfortunately, most of the NYS test data is not available for teachers to use. There were many ideas presented for PD which I did not find useful. Part one of the book was the most useful for me and I marked many pages of ideas to implement.
Rachel Vote
Oct 01, 2014 Rachel Vote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great tool. It will be incredibly helpful for driving instruction, self assessment and assisting other teachers with their data analysis. It was easy to read and gave specific examples on implementation.
Nov 18, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is the tools included on the disk insert that make this simple, useful reflection and guidance text a must-have addition to any leader's professional library.
Bambrick Santoyo is a great teacher.
Nate Guteras
It was okay!, Better for someone new to high standard and high performance assessment . Some data is stale in "how " case studies , but underlying foundations of text still helpful now.
Jul 02, 2015 Lori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the first part talks about how to get teachers to use interim assessments and the rest is how to run professional development workshops, neither of which apply to me.
Read first two chapters and have some thoughts about the lingo for assessments. Not ready for other chapters evaluating the data yet.
Mar 16, 2016 Marcel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice how-to for implementing data informed teaching and learning.
Jul 08, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far so good...
Awesome book with great ideas and applications...
T Ewell
Mar 29, 2013 T Ewell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had great examples of how to conduct professional development in looking at data and case studies for assessment.
Ryan Winn
First half of this book is great for all teachers and school leaders. End gets very dense but very practical for leaders.
Coach Noreen
Feb 03, 2013 Coach Noreen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great PD plan included
Read as research for my thesis ... Solid tips and practical advice, for sure.
Shannon Arsenault
Data drives instruction. Assessments need to match what is being taught in the classroom. Makes so much sense.
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Paul Bambrick-Santoyo is the Managing Director of Uncommon Schools Newark, which is composed of seven North Star Academy schools. During Bambrick-Santoyo’s eight years at North Star, the schools have seen dramatic gains in student achievement, reaching 90+% proficient on state assessments in almost every category and grade level. As a result, they were recently recognized with the National Blue Ri ...more
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