Without a doubt, data is our translator, and we use all sorts of data both in long-term projections and in real-time to practice continuous improvement.
The ACSS Is Inspiring in So Many Ways
As a researcher, self-proclaimed data geek, as well as a former school reform leader, I am especially excited about and truly grateful for my firm’s involvement in the Adams County Student Survey.
The truth is, I have never seen anything like it. First, consider the sheer volume; over 35,000 children participated in the survey this year. Next, bear in mind that the survey is common across five unique school districts and boasts a ten year, home-grown history. Finally, people use it to drive meaningful work.
So often, when working with teams and organizations, the most difficult step toward evidence based decision making and data-driven practice is getting folks to come to consensus on what data to engage. Especially in organizations where a safe data culture is still emerging, it’s incredible how quickly people reach toward trying to poke holes, arguing about how the data is inaccurate or inapplicable and creating a lot of noise about what data not to use.
Bringing this background and experience with me to the work with ACYI, you can imagine how surprised my team and I were to find the reach of the ACSS and that all five partner districts voluntarily participate. It was inspiring, and we were excited to get to work.
My firm has specifically been engaged to support analysis of the 2016-17 ACSS, evaluation of the existing tools and leading a process to enhance and improve the data and action produced by the Adams County Student Survey. I am delighted to share with you some of what that looks like…