New SEDL Letter Examines Creating a Culture of Data

November 1, 2006
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

The No Child Left Behind Act has increased demand for data-driven instruction and data-driven decisions. But making good instructional or policy decisions based on data means administrators, teachers, and other staff members must have access to the data they need and must know how to analyze the data and use it effectively. The new issue of SEDL Letter examines these issues. It looks at a recent research study about state data available in four states and includes an article by school improvement consultant Mike Schmoker on how school staffs can take simple first steps in learning to analyze data effectively.

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About SEDL

The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) is a nonprofit corporation based in Austin, Texas. SEDL is dedicated to solving significant education problems and improving teaching and learning through research, research-based resources, and professional development. For more information about SEDL, visit