How Data Can Be Used By School Leaders To Improve Results

The success of a school in a lot of ways comes down to the results it achieves, not just at the end of the year but throughout each term too.  In our modern world of big data, effective school leaders use data in many different aspects of their job – when making important decisions establishing goals and organising them in terms of priority and monitoring the progress of the school and its students.  Data can also be used to identify the needs and plan changes to make improvements.


In the following article, therefore, we are going to look at some of the best ways school leaders can use data to improve the results.


Monitor The School Mission Using Data


The school mission outlines the values, the goals and the direction of the school.  These missions and goals are what helps to shape the curriculum and program of the school to achieve the best results.  It is vital then that school leaders continue to examine data to form strategies consistent with the mission of the school.  When there is alignment between data and the mission, it better enables school leaders to monitor how well the school is progressing towards its goals.


Collect and Collate Data Connected to The Mission


As well as making decisions based on data, school leaders need to constantly ask what kind of data they need to monitor the progress of the school’s mission.  Data is not just the rest results, it can be various forms of data from various sources.


Analyse Data With The Help Of Your School Community


The school community, that is the teachers, parents and even the students should all be involved in analysing data to improve teaching and results.  Discuss with the community the various strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities there are for the improvement of your school.  Look at data by assessments, by subjects, by grade level and by school year and respondent groups (such as students, parents and teachers).


By doing this you are essentially peeling the onion, examining different layers of data, to get deeper into the data to understand prospective possibilities and problems.  If you are looking to make improvements to the results your school is achieving, recognising key problems is essential.


Create Strategy-Based Goals


When assessing data, make three to four summary statements.  In these statements, pieces of data should be used to provide a detailed view of what the focus on detailed problems is going to be.  The statements should be based on what you learned from the assessment of the available data.


Continue Monitoring School Improvement Efforts


It should be seen as an ongoing process to improve your school through decisions made using data.  Once you have implemented a particular strategy, you need to monitor it using data specific to gaols that can support the implementation and provide you with essential feedback about how effective the new strategies are.