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Using What You Know to Plan - Data-Driven Decision Making in Early Education Settings

by Amanda Schwartz
May/June 2018
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In every early education classroom, data are everywhere. Just walk into the door of any classroom or family child care setting to learn what children are working on. The colors, sounds, and interactions offer so much information about children and their environment. 

Teachers are constantly planning and making changes to help children learn. Regardless of whether teachers use a formal process, they’re always using data to plan. Anyone who makes adjustments based on children’s learning is using data-driven decision making. But the push for continuous improvement means that teachers use a formal, evidence-based process. They make the time to document, analyze, and use child and family data to improve their practice. Their observations become evidence of a plan’s effectiveness or a way to find new strategies that will work. When teachers implement this more formal process of collecting, reviewing, and using information, they can identify how children learn and figure out the best way to teach children. 

Data-Driven Decision
Making Defined

The basic process is simple. Teachers start by using any existing information to plan. Then, they act on the plan, collecting data about what they are doing and how it is working. Using this data, they ...

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