chapter  15
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Using Data to Make Critical Choices

ByThomas J. Lasley II

The use of data to make decisions is not new. Historically, practicing professionals (lawyers, doctors) have used data to make decisions to benefit the clients they serve. Similarly, scholars (academics) have always been devoted to the use of data and information in ways that further professional understandings and expand the professional literature. More recently educational professionals (teachers and school administrators) have been using varied databases to shape educational practices in order to understand and enhance student and school performance.