[Assessment 1483] Re: Using Data: Where to Start?

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Cathay Reta cathayreta at sbcglobal.net
Mon Dec 8 16:29:16 EST 2008

Hello Debbie, Tina and others,
I so agree with you both, and involving instructional staff in deciding what data to collect and review is the best way to get staff buy-in, which we're addressing on another thread of this discussion.  This is a great bridge between the two questions.

Cathay O. Reta
Cornerstone Concepts
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Los Angeles, CA 90022
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--- On Mon, 12/8/08, Tinajero, Debbie <dptinajero at sc.pima.gov> wrote:

From: Tinajero, Debbie <dptinajero at sc.pima.gov>
Subject: [Assessment 1477] Re: Using Data: Where to Start?
To: "The Assessment Discussion List" <assessment at nifl.gov>
Date: Monday, December 8, 2008, 10:59 AM

I agree with this, Tina.  Using data for data’s sake is not a way to start.  You have to have a specific idea of what you want to know before you dig in.  Ask your staff what their biggest burning question is.  If they have different ideas, prioritize them together and then start looking for all the different kinds of places where you might find data to help you find the answer.  State database?  Your program’s data?  Attendance records? 
Marie – do you have a quick access source for different kinds of surveys?
Debbie Tinajero
Pima County Adult Probation LEARN
Tucson, AZ

From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:assessment-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Luffman, Tina, Ellen
Sent: December 8, 2008 11:19 AM
To: The Assessment Discussion List
Subject: [Assessment 1476] Re: Using Data: Where to Start?

Hi Marie,


I recently went through the Leadership Excellence Academy with Kathi Polis and Lennox McClendon, and we started with various self-assessment options. The academy felt that beginning with assessing the felt needs of the students, teachers, administrators, and stakeholders was a great way to determine what else needed to be done in our program. Then we used these self-assessments to decide what data we needed to review for purposes of program improvement. I am not sure if this is what you were looking for, but this is what came to mind.





From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [assessment-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Marie Cora [marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com]
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2008 6:50 AM
To: 'The Assessment Discussion List'
Subject: [Assessment 1474] Using Data: Where to Start?

A subscriber sent:
We would like to have more of a focus on data in our program, but it’s so difficult to know where to start – we could work on so many different aspects of the program.  Does the panel have recommendations of what to tackle first, second, etc?  Or recommendations on how to decide what to do first? 

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