The 2020 Denver Plan calls for dramatic acceleration of student learning to ensure that all our students succeed. DPS believes in the power of using data as a key strategy to meet the Denver Plan goals, to inform decision-making, and to drive instruction. Research has shown time and again that using data inquiry cycles in the teaching and learning process positively impacts student achievement. Data Inquiry Cycles can also be used to help ensure district departments and project teams leverage data to improve the effectiveness of their work.
In the sections below you can find DPS’s data inquiry cycle overview and resources schools can use as they begin to or enhance their implementation of data driven instruction.
This section provides an overview of the data inquiry cycle and the process for each phase.
The framework helps communicate the vision and expectations for data use and standards-based instruction at the school, classroom, and student level.
This section contains the tools and resources for school leaders to plan and implement data-driven instruction. It includes guidance for data team structures, collaborative planning time, and the use of blue/green days.
This section contains tools, protocols, and resources to use with your teacher teams to analyze data and create instructional action plans on a weekly basis as well as for interim assessments.
This section contains an overview of the DPS vision and framework of RtI with a link to the RtI website where you can access additional tools and resources.
Adopting an overall structure like the five-step DPS data inquiry cycle helps to frame data practices, standards, assessment, and instruction. It’s important that the implementation of the data inquiry cycle is connected to the larger vision and culture of the school. Resources to understand the 5 steps in the data inquiry cycle are:
- 2014 Data Culture Survey Results and Analysis
- Data Inquiry Overview
- Analyze and Plan Overview
- Implement, Evaluate, and Adjust Overview
This framework identifies the actions, practices, and mindset of students, teachers, and school leaders when building a school data culture. The five components of the framework are Data-Driven Student Actions, Data-Driven Teacher Actions, Data-Driven Team Actions, Data-Driven School Structures, and Data-Driven Leadership.
- Data Culture Framework
- Optional Meeting Agenda for rating your school on the Data Culture Famework
- Utilizing Results for Goal Setting (coming soon)
This section provides resources to guide school leaders in building a culture of data-driven instruction. School leaders need to establish the vision, systems, structures, and expectations for data use in their building. The protocols in this section provide guidance and support for data teams, collaborative planning time, plans and calendars for implementing data-driven instruction, and maximizing blue/green day impact on student learning.
- Data Inquiry Teams Guidance
- Framework for Effective Collaboration
- CPT Checklist Principal Edition
- Organizing for Success Calendar for DDI
- School Leader-Teacher Data Meetings
- School Leader Prep for Data Meetings
This section provides resources to guide teachers and teacher leaders in building a culture of data-driven instruction. The protocols provide a structure for teachers and teacher teams to look at student work and analyze student work to make instructional action plans.
- Teacher Data Cycle Graphic
- Assessment Preview and Backwards Planning
- Data Inquiry Team Guidance
- CPT Survey –Teacher Edition
- Weekly CPT Agendas/Protocols
- Data Analysis Action Plan
- Looking at Student Work Protocol
RtI is a prevention oriented approach, linking curriculum, instruction and assessment through a data inquiry process to help educators make decisions about how to best improve outcomes for their students. An essential component of building a strong, comprehensive school data culture is integrating the systems and structures for RtI. You can find resources to support your school’s RtI framework by clicking on the website below.