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Consider the evidence

This is a resource designed to assist schools to make best use of evidence in making decisions aimed at improving student achievement.

The aim is to engage leaders and teachers in thinking through some ideas, principles, and processes that will enhance the school’s approach to collecting and using data and other evidence. The focus of the resource is secondary education from years 7–13, but the approach can be adapted for other school environments.

Evidence-driven decision making for secondary schools

A resource to assist schools to review their use of data and other evidence.

This resource is designed to assist schools to make best use of evidence in making decisions aimed at improving student achievement.

The aim is to equip school leaders with a way to engage teachers and others in thinking through some ideas, principles and processes that will enhance the school’s approach to collecting and using data and other evidence.'

The focus of this resource is secondary education from years 7–13, but the approach can be adapted for other school environments.

The impetus for this project came from a range of secondary educators. School Support Services and the Education Review Office have expressed concern that many schools are collecting large amounts of data but not always using them effectively to inform and improve practice. Other schools are unaware of the range of data and evidence available to them.

Schools have more evidence about what students know and can do than ever before – achievements, attitudes, behaviours and environmental factors that influence learning. The evidence-driven decision-making model described here can be applied at all secondary levels, not just senior, and in all curriculum learning areas and school processes.

The resource consists of web pages and a number of PowerPoint presentation formats.

The web pages are designed for individual use by school managers, teachers, and others, but could also be used in workshops and meetings through a web connection and data display. These pages contain all of the material in the full PowerPoint presentation as well as links to other online material, references, and tools – mainly on Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI).

The presentation formats are designed for use in workshops and meetings where groups of school leaders and teachers are reviewing their schools’ uses of evidence and establishing policies and plans for the future. A number of presentation modules is offered. Facilitators can also develop their own presentations by selecting from the slides on this site, and by adding their own material.

The resource consists of web pages and a number of PowerPoint presentation formats (see 12. Resources).