Education has fought long and hard to gain acceptance as a profession and, since professionals by definition use data to shape the decisions they make, education has little choice but to continue moving in this direction. This 3-part handbook represents a major contribution to the literature of education. It is a unique compendium of the most original work currently available on how, when and why evidence should be used to ground practice. It is a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary, research-based, and practice-based resource that all educators can turn to as a guide to data-based decision making.

The Handbook of Data-Based Decision Making in Education is a must read for researchers who are just beginning to explore the scientifically based nature of educational practice. It is also appropriate for policy makers and practitioners who are confronted with young people who need to be in classrooms where "best practices" are the norm and not the exception.

part Part I|86 pages

Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

chapter 1|17 pages

Evidence and Decision Making in Professions

ByTheodore J. Kowalski

chapter 2|18 pages

Ethics Based Decision Making by Educational Leaders

ByPaul T. Begley

chapter 3|16 pages

Legal Dimensions of Using Employee and Student Data to Make Decisions

ByR. Lance Potter, Jacqueline A. Stefkovich

chapter 4|18 pages

The Role of Private Firms in Data-Based Decision Making

ByPatricia Burch, Tracy Hayes

chapter 5|15 pages

The No Child Left Behind Act

Making Decisions Without Data or Other Reality Checks
ByTimothy R. Konold, James M. Kauffman

part Part II|153 pages

Building Support for Data-Based Decisions

chapter 6|16 pages

Preparing Educators to Effectively Use Student Data Systems

ByJeffrey C. Wayman, Vincent Cho

chapter 7|18 pages

Accessing and Analyzing National Databases

ByTerrell Lamont Strayhorn

chapter 9|17 pages

Preparing Educators to Use Curriculum-Based Measurement

ByRobin S. Codding, James E. Connell

chapter 10|20 pages

Principal Leadership, Data, and School Improvement

ByMichael A. Copland, Michael S. Knapp, Juli A. Swinnerton

chapter 11|18 pages

Building Data-Driven District Systems

Examples from Three Award-Winning Urban Systems
ByHeather Zavadsky

chapter 12|16 pages

School System Strategies for Supporting Data Use

ByAmanda Datnow, Vicki Park

chapter 13|15 pages

Research on Teachers Using Data to Make Decisions1

ByJames Raths, Stephanie A. Kotch, Christine Carrino Gorowara

chapter 14|18 pages

Research and Evaluation on Data-Based Decisions in Education

ByGregory J. Marchant, Sharon E. Paulson

part Part III|231 pages

Data-Based Applications

chapter 15|16 pages

Using Data to Make Critical Choices

ByThomas J. Lasley

chapter 17|14 pages

Using Evidence to Support Administrative Decisions

ByJane Hemsley-Brown

chapter 18|18 pages

Swimming in the Depths

Educators' Ongoing Effective Use of Data to Guide Decision Making
ByLeanne R. Bettesworth, Julie Alonzo, Luke Duesbery

chapter 19|13 pages

Creative Decision-Making Strategies through Technology-Based Curriculum Tools

ByJohn Castellani, Deborah Carran

chapter 20|27 pages

Aggregating and Analyzing Classroom Achievement Data Supplemental to External Tests

ByJohn M. Burger, Brian Perry, Meghann Eagle

chapter 21|19 pages

Collaborative Inquiry and Data-Based Decision Making

ByDouglas Huffman, Kelli Thomas

chapter 22|19 pages

Evidential Reasoning and Decision Support in Assessment of Teacher Practice

ByArthur M. Recesso, Sally J. Zepeda

chapter 23|15 pages

Data: The DNA of Politically Based Decision Making in Education

ByBruce S. Cooper, John Sureau, Stephen Coffin

chapter 24|16 pages

Using Data to Assess School Culture

ByTheodore J. Kowalski, Tricia Browne-Ferrigno

chapter 25|16 pages

Data-Based Teacher Selection

Viewed from a Planning, Recruitment, and Selection Perspective
ByI. Phillip Young

chapter 26|12 pages

Issues of Recruitment and Selection from a Data-Based Perspective

Implications for Educational Leadership Programs
ByI. Phillip Young, Carol A. Mullen

chapter 27|14 pages

When Data are Insufficient to Make Group Decisions

A Case Study in Community College Administration
ByDiane M. Dunlap, Renae E. Weber

chapter 28|17 pages

How NCLB has Affected the Practice of School District Superintendents

ByGeorge J. Petersen, Larry L. Dlugosh