It is easy to fall prey to the DRIP (Data Rich, Information Poor) phenomenon. We are drowning in data. Use these resources to support effective use of data at the district, school, grade, and teacher level.

Web Support

5 Steps to Planning a Change within your Organization or Team: This blog post found at provides five steps necessary for planning a change within your organization and team. Embedded pages and links lead to questions, activities, and graphics that can be used to support effective and lasting change.

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making: This Guide, provided by Doing What Works, offers five recommendations to help educators effectively use data to monitor students' academic progress and evaluate instructional practices.

SAS Data-Driven Decision Making Webcasts: These on-demand webcasts provided by SAS are designed to support data-driven decision making.

Support Documents

Guide to Using Data in School Improvement Efforts: "This guide is designed for educators who are beginning to learn how to use data in their school improvement planning process. Because most educators are not trained in data-driven decision making and planning, it is necessary to begin with a foundation on which to build processes for data use. The guide offers some foundational information on types of data, strategies for analyzing and understanding data, and methods for determining how these efforts can influence goals and planning."

How We Beat the Odds: These tools, developed by The Leadership and Learning Center, can help districts and schools begin discussions around data in a non-threatening manner. Graphic organizers, self-assessments, rubrics, templates, and guidelines for data walls are all part of this resource.

Video Support

Data Teams: The PLC in Practice: Doug Reeves discusses the importance of using data and how quality data conversations are crucial to ensuring PLCs are meeting the needs of all students.


Data Picture of our School: Use this tool to capture longitudinal data of your school in one visually-appealing document. This template can help you track changes, make data-driven decisions, and share data with the appropriate stakeholders.


Looking Deeper Into Data: According to Doug Reeves, ..."few school leaders are experiencing a shortage of data. Most are actually drowning in data, with a wealth of test scores, student demographic information, and an increasing load of "formative" assessment data that may or may not be worthy of the name (Popham, 2008). The challenge is facing both an overabundance of data and a scarcity of information that educators can readily use to make better decisions."

7 Actions that Improve School District Performance: This newsletter, published by The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, highlights seven actions school districts can take to improve their own effectiveness and better support the efforts of their schools to improve student achievement. These recommended actions are culled from recent research into school districts that took action to improve and are seeing positive results.

The Face of Data: School leaders and educators often are exhorted to use data to improve student achievement. However, test scores only provide partial information on what’s going on in your district. In this article, Doug Reeves provides tips on how to view data, how to put a face on data, and how to use data to develop and articulate a clear vision to all stakeholders.

Teaching the Teachers: This Education Next article shares insight on how we often talk about data-driven decision making, yet we often don't know exactly what to do with the data. Read an account of the steps needed to ensure that data is collected and examined appropriately in order to make instructional decisions.

Access the Data


NC Report Card Data

NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey Results

ABC Data

Quality Counts 2012 - National Report

“The resources provided during the course of the NCDPI Summer Institute 2012 have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing resources available, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these resources are the exclusive resources for the purposes outlined during the Summer Institute.”