Office of K-12 Outreach
Data Support Services
Data Services and Support
Understanding and using educational data effectively is critical to improving instructional practices and enhancing student learning outcomes.
The Office of K-12 Outreach offers extensive data and evaluation services to teachers and school and central office administrators to improve their school turnaround efforts. K-12 Outreach can provide professional development, individual and group coaching, and the custom development of tools and materials that allow school and district personnel to make the best use of national, state, and local data sources and web-based educational resources to improve instruction. K-12 Outreach also offers expert support in developing, designing, and implementing turnaround plans, including program evaluation and action research.
In all its professional development endeavors, the goal of the K-12 Outreach data team is to show how the thoughtful and systematic use of data use can promote professional dialogue and reflection and enhance instructional practice. The ultimate aim of such professional development is to build teacher and administrator capacity to use a variety of data for the continuous improvement of student learning outcomes.
Professional Development Workshops
Making Data Understandable and Relatable. The Data Services team has a thorough grasp of the complex methodology that undergirds Michigan’s accountability metrics, They also understand that educator ability to use data falls upon a broad continuum. As a result, they've developed a data professional development program that can be tailored to your school or district's needs, whether your staff is data savvy or just beginning to use data. Staff will learn:
- The fundamentals of data and data use.
- State educational accountability metrics (Top-to-Bottom Rankings, Gap metrics, Z Scores, etc.).
- Summative assessment results that are embedded in the accountability metrics (MEAP, MI-Access, ACT, etc.).
- The use of formative assessments in instructional practice (Scantron, NWEA, etc.).
- The use of Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) or other measures of curriculum implementation to align content coverage and standards.
- The use of systems and perception data to identify and address structural and contextual factors that influence instruction and learning (ERS Resource and School Check, Culture & Climate Surveys, etc.).
Accessing and Using Online Data Resources. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) make a rich array of resources and data-based reports available to schools and districts to support school improvement work. The K-12 Outreach Data Services team is experienced in navigating these websites and has in-depth knowledge of the data reports housed there. The team provides tailored workshops to help schools and districts access and utilized the data for the continuous improvement of instructional quality and student learning outcomes. Typical offerings include the understanding and use of:
- Microsoft EXCEL to develop grade level reports from student achievement data available from MDE or CEPI.
- MI School Score Card information for instructional improvement.
- MDE’s Top-to-Bottom tool for school improvement.
- MDE’s Focus School identification tool.
- MISchoolData.org website to access district and school level reports; Data for Student Success (D4SS) to access student level achievement data; and other educational data available.
The Data Services team works extensively with MDE’s Division of Accountability Services (DAS) and has access to data updates and background on new and pending policies affecting the collection and use of school data. Its connections to the Michigan Educational Research Association (MERA) provide professional relationships with data colleagues across the state, ensuring that Data Services staff understand the data needs and promising practices of schools and districts throughout Michigan.
Supporting Implementation and Impact
Developing and Implementing Evaluation and Action Research
The MSU Office of K-12 Outreach’s data team is experienced in the use of international, national, and state level educational data sets. They are trained in the use of both public and restricted use data and know and adhere to the laws (FERPA, HIPPA, DHHS, etc.) that govern data collected from human subjects, including minors. The team’s expertise in data analysis, evaluation, and research design enables it to help schools and districts develop and implement program evaluation and action research projects. The team has experience and expertise in developing and refining:
- Evaluation goals, objectives, logic models, etc.,
- Surveys and other measures in a variety of formats, including web-based platforms such as Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, etc.,
- Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method analysis strategies for the data collected, and
- Practical research designs for action research at the district, school, or classroom level.
The data services team works seamlessly with the K-12 Outreach technology team to customize data, survey, and communication tools to maximize participation and satisfaction rates, automate routine data collection, and provide quick turnaround of standard data analyses. Data services support can also include short- and long-term consultation on the design, development, and implementation of program evaluations and action research projects, with a dedicated team providing guidance through each phase of an evaluation or action research project.