HOW DO YOU ROLL: DATA AS A FLASHLIGHT OR DATA AS A HAMMER?
Toxic school and district cultures that use data as a hammer are long on accountability and compliance and short on root cause analysis and support.
Healthy school and district cultures that use data as a flashlight know there are powerful stories behind the numbers. Behind the numbers are our children and their stories. These stories tell us what's working and what isn't working. These stories help us support and celebrate. These stories humanize the work of schools and districts. They can lead to improvement if we will only listen to the wisdom found in each story.
These questions are important ask any time we look at data from schools and districts:
1. What's the story behind the numbers?
2. What are the numbers telling us?
3. What must we do?
4. And how are the children?
What's the story of your school?
Are you listening?
Are we learning?