Guest Blogger, Ron Hurley

After analyzing data and making some judgments, I came to believe I had to get stakeholders “on board” with needing to make changes. My plan was to provide a clear picture, where the high school was in relation to growth and improving. I felt the only way to do this is to use the data and let stakeholders see the big picture through the lens of data.

I knew it was a must for everyone to be on the same page with the vision of where the school wanted to go and how to get there. I showed data to the teachers, administrative and community groups.  Marking out names and identifying data to protect individuals, I asked them to report how often they had reviewed data and then to formulate a plan after reviewing it.  This helped open some eyes. I divided data among groups that were either created or were already in place (subject areas, leadership team, community groups and a district team.)

I asked them to look for trends and patterns in the data. Once identified they were to provide a plan to improve what they had identified as a weakness in the patterns or trends. My idea was not only to make them recognize problems, but to make them a part of the solution. This would prove critical to the improvement that was going to take place at the high school.

Check back for the continuing story of improvement and how it happened.