Using Data to Shape Your BSC

When used effectively, data is a powerful tool to focus school community members on supporting a common goal. The following resources were presented at the SSC Summit workshop on March 2, 2013, “Where do we focus? Accessing Understanding and Using Data to Shape Your Goals and BSC”.

Click the links below to download helpful presentations, handouts and articles to train SSC members at your site to use school level data to set priorities and outline actions steps to support school improvement efforts.

Plan your Workshop

Use this Sample Agenda to organize your own 1-2 hour SSC Data Workshop:

  1. Survey participants using a Survey Wall
  2. Share the Agenda
  3. Share information about various types of school data and lead participants in a School Data Activity
  4. Explain various resources to support SSC Planning
  5. Plan next steps & evaluate

Survey Participants and Build Community

Use this Survey Wall Activity to learn about participants in your workshop.

Use the information you gather to tailor your workshop to the needs of your participants. Create your own questions and this activity can also be used to build community and gather input from school community members during a Back to School Night or Community meetings at your site.

Where do we focus: Using Data to Shape Your BSC

This presentation leads teachers and families in analyzing school level data using the School Data Activity (below), and learn about the various types of data that can be used to inform BSC planning. Then define next steps to inform your own school goals.

SSC Summit presentation 02 03 13

Assess your Data Analysis Skills

Try out your skills in data analysis using this School Data Activity

This activity can be used to help Instructional Leadership Teams at sites to understand how to use school data to focus school planning efforts to support academic achievement of important subgroups.

It can also be used by site staff working with families on SSC’s or ELACs to help them increase their comfort and experience in using school level data in BSC planning.

This activity (without answer key) is also available in Spanish & Chinese.

ELA CST Data Activity

Data Resources for Setting BSC Targets

Writing your BSC? Use this helpful tool to find data resources on this and other sites: SFUSD Data Resources for Use in BSC Planning

This helpful document explains the various types of data available to school leadership teams to set targets and plan their BSC. Data types include: SARC, CST, CAHSEE, Attendance, etc.

Each data source is listed in a helpful table explaining:

Ÿ  What it is

Ÿ  What it Tells You

Ÿ  Where to Find it

Ÿ  Questions to Consider

SFUSD Data Resources for BSC

Monitoring BSC Progress

Once you’ve written your BSC, you can monitor progress using this helpful tool: SFUSD Progress Monitoring Measures

This helpful document explains the various types of data available to school leadership teams to monitor progress on their BSC. Data types include: Fountas & Pinnell (F&P), Common Learning Assessments (CLAs), etc.

Each data source is listed in a helpful table explaining:

Ÿ  What it is

Ÿ  What it Tells You

Ÿ  Where to Find it

Ÿ  Questions to Consider

SFUSD Progress Monitoring Measure

Creating a Data-Driven Culture

After your discussion, think about ways you can structure a data conversation at your site and use these Tips for Successful Data Conversations

Better yet, use this tool to analyze the “Spotlights of Success” as case-studies of successful data practices.

Tips for Data Conversations

Extension: Spotlights of Success

Share the following examples to illustrate ways other schools are using data conversations to support school change efforts:

Engaging Teachers and Families with A Hands On Approach describes how Bryant Elementary used a concrete strategy of data analysis with teachers and families to support school improvement efforts.

This article is available in Spanish and Chinese.

Teachers Use Assessment Data to Build Excitement for Reading illustrates how Jean Parker Elementary used Fountas & Pinnell Data to support it’s school-wide reading program.

This article is available in Spanish and Chinese.

Spotlight - Bryant

Assessing your Workshop

At the end of your workshop conduct an informal assessment to make improvements and determine possible next steps.

Use Exit Passes to collect reflections, questions and commitments from participants

Exit Passes