Using Data to Make Critical Choices

Authored by: Thomas J. Lasley

Handbook of Data-Based Decision Making in Education

Print publication date:  October  2008
Online publication date:  April  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415965033
eBook ISBN: 9780203888803
Adobe ISBN: 9781135890841


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The use of data to make decisions is not new. Historically, practicing professionals (lawyers, doctors) have used data to make decisions to benefit the clients they serve. Similarly, scholars (academics) have always been devoted to the use of data and information in ways that further professional understandings and expand the professional literature. More recently educational professionals (teachers and school administrators) have been using varied databases to shape educational practices in order to understand and enhance student and school performance.

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