Over the past several years, conversations about school improvement have stressed data-driven instruction. This is a positive step toward more analytical, evidence-based, and objective decision making by measuring the results of teaching practices. Unfortunately, data is often based on limited measures – typically written recall – and fails to guide teachers to change their actual instructional practices.
However, the shift to college and career readiness requires multiple data measures to better triangulate students’ actual achievement. The goal of the Successful Practices Network is to support schools with a broader set of survey tools, research and publications that will aid data collection and analysis to enhance students’ career readiness.