Dr. Gale Hey- Guest Blogger

A superintendent that I worked with for many years was fond of saying, “We are data rich and information poor.” That statement may resonant with you as you try to sift through all the data you receive practically on a daily basis. You are required to determine relevancy and urgency to your school improvement efforts. But how does one swim through that sea of data?

 Data tell us a story but not all of us see the same story. That is the down side of data; interpretation may vary from reader to reader. As a school leader, it is your responsibility to continuously drill down and ask questions. Never take the numbers at face value. Always provide your leadership team with the opportunity to lend their expertise in interpretation. Keep an open mind and remember you are looking for information that will light the path of your school improvement efforts.