Data, data everywhere

Like many organizations, schools collect data.

What data do you have that might be useful?

Here’s a starting place: taking a tip from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, compare your graduating class rank (if you don’t rank, then compare grades in a single class) with student age. Does age have a predicting factor in student performance?

How far back could you check with existing records? With archived records?

What data might you start gathering today to measure something in a year – or a decade?

If NASA found something important in data thirty years old, don’t be surprised if your organization could have a similar success.


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