Getting Data Teams Started in Small School Districts Small School Data Team Restrictions • One teacher per grade level (elem.) or content area (middle & high school) • Validity and reliability of data due to smaller group size Small School Data Team Advantages • Cross-curricular or grade level conversations about student data. • Able to discuss curriculum vertical alignment issues/concerns • Lends team structure to be content driven (for example: writing team, math team, etc) Initial Steps • Meet with principal ahead of time to discuss group structure and time available for teams to meet. • Frontload sessions for whole staff 1. Data analysis principles and tools! 2. Data Team Process Training • • • Data team five step process Schedule data team meeting time Begin meeting one Data Team Organization Structures District A K-12 School 146 Students • 5 elem. teachers • 7 middle & high school teachers Teams K-6- Reading Focus – Four K-6 teachers, Title I teacher 6-12- Math Focus – 6th, 7-12th grade teachers, science teacher, P.E./Health teacher 7-12- Language Arts Focus – Two 7-12th grade L.A. teachers, social studies teacher District B K-8 Elem. 205 Students • 7 elem. teachers • 3 middle school teachers Teams K-3- Reading Focus – Four K-3 teachers, Title I teacher, principal 4-8- Writing Focus – Five 4-8th grade teachers, principal Data Team Organization Structures District C K-6 Elem. 58 Students • 5 elem. teachers Teams K-6 Reading Focus – Four K-6 teachers, Title I teacher Data Team Organization Structures District D K-4 185 Students • 11 teachers (2 per grade level) Teams K-2 Reading/Math/Writing – Five K-2 teachers, two Title One teachers, Reading coach, principal – team meets separately for each content area, rotating weekly 3-4 Reading/Math/Writing – Four 3-4 teachers, two title one teachers, reading coach, principal – Team meets separately for each content area, rotating weekly District D 182 Students • 10 teachers Teams 4-8 Reading Focus – Five 4-8 teachers, Title One teacher, principal 4-8 Math Focus – Four 4-8 teachers, Title One teacher, principal 4-8 Data Team Organization Structures District D 195 Students • 10 teachers Teams Reading High School – Language Arts teacher, counselor, Agriculture teacher Writing – Language Arts, SPED, Art, two Social Studies teachers, principal Math – Two math, music, and science teachers **District D high school data teams are organized with an essential skills focus. Teams are working on whole school strategies to prepare students to meet essential skills for graduation. Scheduled Meeting Time • All four school districts are on a four day school week • Whole staff trainings administered onsite during an in-service Friday. Apx. 2-3 hours. Data Teams Meet District A After School Day X Friday X Frequency 1-2 times monthly District B District C X 2 times a month District D X X X Monthly 2 times a month Validity and Reliability of Data Teachers WILL say, “this is such a small group size, how can we rely on this data to be accurate and use it to make decisions!” • During data analysis training, intentionally discuss validity and reliability of data in relation to small group size. • Strong emphasis on using OAKS Strand data to spotlight strengths/weakness, but do not make instructional decisions from data. But to use local/classroom data to make instructional decisions. • Use national/benchmark norms when analyzing data.