Planning teams must gather and organize relevant data generated from a variety of state level and local sources as they prepare to plan. Within the unified improvement planning process, data is used to:
- identify trends and prioritize performance challenges (performance data)
- determine root causes (process and perception data)
- set targets (federal, state and local performance expectations)
- monitor progress towards performance targets (interim measures of student performance)
- monitor implementation of major improvement strategies (process and perception data)
The identification of trends involves analyzing at least three years of data for each performance indicator area (Academic Achievement, Academic Growth, Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness). Once they have identified performance trends, planning teams prioritize challenges that they identify in the trends. Prioritizing performance challenges may be the most critical step in the entire planning process as it sets the tone for each of the subsequent steps. Trends and priority performance challenges should be captured in Section III: Data Narrative tab of the UIP Online System.
- Developing Trend Statements Template (Excel)
- Revised table that scaffolds the development of trend statements.
- Developing Trend Statements Examples (PDF)
Examples of trend statements for different required metrics.
- Practice Identifying the Magnitude of the Performance Challenge (Word)
Guided practice for identifying the magnitude of the school’s overall performance challenge.
Guiding Assumptions for Collaborative Inquiry: Wellman, B., Lipton, L., (2004). Data-driven dialogue: A facilitator's guide to collaborative inquiry. Sherman, CT: MiraVia, LLC.
Exploring and Discovering (Wellman pp. 46-47): Wellman, B., Lipton, L., (2004). Data-driven dialogue: A facilitator's guide to collaborative inquiry. Sherman, CT: MiraVia, LLC.