Data for Root Cause Analysis
Data that may be helpful in your root cause analysis, including the TLCC survey and state collected data are available here.
CDE Developed Templates
These templates were created to help teams organize data and analysis for the root cause analysis.
- Planning for Root Cause Analysis (Word)
Note catcher to help plan for completing root cause analysis and finalizing the data narrative.
- Data Intersection Questions (Word)
Activity for identifying which types of data are needed to answer different questions.
- Inventory of Data other than Performance Data (Excel)
Template to use when inventorying data other than student learning/performance data.
Leading Root Cause Analysis
These activities and templates have been used by schools/districts and CDE staff to help determine root causes. Instructions for using the tools are included.
- Tree (Fish) Diagram Example (PDF)
A mental map used to brainstorm explanations within predetermined categories.
- Tree (Fish) Diagram Directions (PDF)
Directions for how to use a Tree/Fish Diagram to brainstorm within categories.
- Circle Map Example (PDF)
A thinking map used to brainstorm about a topic.
- Circle Map Directions (PDF)
Directions for how to use a Circle Map to brainstorm and categorize.
- Research-Based Factors that Influence Student Performance (PDF)
Factors that influence student performance (as presented by Robert Marzano in varipublications).
- Criteria for Narrowing Explanations (PDF)
A list of criteria to apply to explanations to narrow and refine them.
- The Five Why’s: Root Cause Identification Form (PDF)
A form to use while engaging in the Five Why’s to deepen thinking to get to root causes.
- Getting to Root Cause (PDF)
Thinking Map that describes the process of getting to root causes.
- Validate Root Causes (Word)
A form that structures thinking about what data to use to validate root cause explanation
Root Cause Basics: Preuss, P.G. (2003). School Leader’s Guide to Root Cause Analysis: Using data to dissolve problems. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education.
Organizing and Integrating: Wellman, B., & Lipton, L. (2004). Data-driven dialogue: A facilitator’s guide collaborative inquiry. Sherman, CT: Mira Via.
Levels of Root Causes: Preuss, P.G. (2003). School Leader’s Guide to Root Cause Analysis: Using data to dissolve problems. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education.
Research Based Factors (Marzano): Compiled from various books by Robert Marzano.