Standard: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students uses a variety of sources and types of student, educator, and system data to plan, assess, and evaluate professional learning.


“Data from multiple sources enrich decisions about professional learning that leads to increased results for every student.  Multiple sources include both quantitative and qualitative data, such as common formative and summative assessments, performance assessments, observations, work samples, performance metrics, portfolios, and self-reports.  The use of multiple sources of data offers a balanced and more comprehensive analysis of student, educator, and system performance than any single type or source of data can.  However, data alone do little to inform decision making and increase effectiveness. 

Thorough analysis and ongoing use are essential for data to inform decisions about professional learning, as is support in the effective analysis and use of data”  (Standards for Professional Learning, Learning Forward, 2011, p.36).

To learn more about the Learning Forward website section (including a video by Eric Brooks, education program specialist, featured practitioner, related articles), click here.

To read an article by Douglas B. Reeves and Tony Flach entitled Data: Meaningful analysis can reduce schools from drowning in data.  Journal of Staff Development, August, 2011, 32(4). Used with permission of Learning Forward, All rights reserved.

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Research and data-informed critical reflection, play a significant role in establishing high quality professional learning and professional practice.  As architects and designers of life-long learning, there is individual and shared responsibility to use a variety of rich data sources to assess student learning and inform our professional learning and practices.  In RVS, collaborative inquiry through: CoP, AISI, school based professional learning communities, embedded coaching etc. provide structures and formats that enable research and data informed critical reflection.  The use of PowerSchool and an integrated Student Information System (SIS) as critical data systems that provide valuable information and insight.



Learning Forward. (2011). Standards for Professional Learning. Oxford, OH: Author

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