When are we looking at data in schools?
At Smart Data for Schools we have talked about why we use data, who looks at data, and how to use data to build a positive data culture. Once we know who is looking at the data, for what purpose, and what questions are being explored, it is necessary to create a data calendar to make clear to all stakeholders WHEN we are looking at the data.
Every school is going to have different testing dates, surveys windows, and/or grading periods, however in general every school can consider 4 main timeframes to structure their data calendar around. By simplifying this into 4 timeframes it allows us to be more intentional about why we are looking at data at certain points of the school year. *This is intended for schools in the northern hemisphere and may need to be tweaked based on your context.
Student Support Services Calendars
Data calendars will help a school become more intentional about using their data. It is possible that creating data calendars can get quite overwhelming. Below is a data calendar thinking template that can be used to organize collection dates, analysis dates, identifying stakeholders that are looking at the data, and of course when. It is recommended that you use the below template separately for different stakeholders.