The use of data is central to the implementation of the Minnesota English Language Arts Standards. Assessment data helps teams identify needed changes to curriculum and instruction within a Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Districts and schools use data to help prioritize which curricular and instructional areas to spend time exploring, adopting, installing, and actively implementing. Performance assessment data, including both effort and fidelity data, allow teams to determine whether teachers have received sufficient training and coaching to implement the critical features of instruction as intended.
Data-based decision-making allows districts and schools to make intentional, timely, and positive changes. Collecting data regularly and using it to make decisions also benefits teachers, coaches and leadership teams as they:
- Plan for and narrow the achievement gaps between student subgroups.
- Improve curriculum.
- Enhance teacher quality through professional development.
- Share best practices among schools and districts.
- Communicate educational issues more effectively with key stakeholders.
In the Installation stage, it is important for Leadership and Implementation Teams to establish structures and processes that allow them to view and communicate data on a regular basis.