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ARCHIVE: May, 2015

Using Data-based Decision Making to Drive Instruction in PreK: One District’s Experience

with special contribution from Mary Mischke, Early Childhood Specialist Pre-K of Bloomington Public Schools (MN)

When we hear the term “data-based decision making” or “data-driven instruction” early childhood teachers often wonder, “What constitutes data?” and “How do I use it to make decisions?” Data are the information we collect at the student and classroom level to evaluate student success or instructional practices, and when we use those data to drive how we modify our instruction we engage a data-driven process. Conceptually, it sounds easy enough, but in practice, it takes careful attention to a host of factors. This story features one school district’s experience with data-based decision making and how this model has promoted best practices in their preschool classrooms.

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