WebExtra: Moving toward data-driven instruction

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Later this year, two additional pieces of software will be introduced on the district’s new $42 million student information system.

One piece will help schools to analyze student test score data with greater speed and depth in order to adjust instruction, says Robert Runcie, chief officer for information technology.

“We’re really pushing the district to a data-driven culture,” Runcie says.

The second piece of software will store special education records on-line, including lengthy Individual Education Plans that are currently recorded by hand. Having centralized storage will speed up the transfer of student records from school to school and ensure special education services are not delayed when students enroll at a new school, Runcie explains.

The new system will also ease the paperwork burden on special education staff, a factor that deters teachers from entering that field and contributes to shortages, he adds.