SEATTLE — Four school
districts across the nation that have found success in using
school data — not just test scores — to improve student
achievement were honored this week by the Data Quality
Campaign. They are Henrico County, Virginia; Tacoma,
Washington; Madison, Wisconsin; and Goochland County,
Goochland County Public
Schools was honored for using a variety of ways to measure
student success, including student surveys, to help teachers
focus on individual student needs.
The Madison Metropolitan
School District was recognized for giving schools and the
community better access to data to help them track
everything from attendance to student achievement. After one
year, the district saw reading scores among fifth graders
improve 11 percent.
Tacoma Public Schools used
data to help them improve student learning, attendance and
eventually graduation rates. The district went from an
on-time graduation rate of 55 percent in 2010 to 78.3
percent in 2014.
Henrico County Public Schools
used data to increase graduation rates and lower discipline
rates for students with disabilities.