Effective Data Use

When used effectively, data can be a powerful tool for evidence-based decision making. Student and teacher data, if analyzed appropriately, can improve instructional practices and inform other school reforms.

Our staff have provided advice to many stakeholders—foundations, federal agencies, states, and districts—on how to use data to inform education policies and decisions. We have helped these stakeholders develop better measures of teacher and leader effectiveness that incorporate measures of students' learning, classroom observations, and other measures of performance. In addition, we are evaluating interventions designed to help teachers make use of data from formative student assessments to improve their instruction.

Our Featured Work
Expert Spotlight
  • Lauren Amos
    Senior Researcher

    Lauren Banks Amos is a senior researcher with experience in program evaluation, technical assistance, and design research supporting federal, state, and local education agency efforts to improve disparities and disproportionality in the public education, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems.

    • Human Services
    • Education
    • College and Career Readiness
    • Effective Data Use
    • Literacy and Numeracy
    • School Reform
    • Strengthening and Disseminating Research
    • Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
    • STEM
    • Justice
    • Juvenile Justice