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Structure and Support of Data Inquiry Teams

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Professional Development

Type

Guidance Documents

Purpose 

Data inquiry teams are teams of teachers that meet regularly to analyze student data, to reflect on student progress, and to create action plans that will improve instructional effectiveness. Data inquiry teams focus exclusively on analyzing data for the students they teach and developing plans for responding to the needs and strengths of individual students, groups of students, and particular areas of curriculum. However, data inquiry teams are part of a larger system for using data to raise student achievement and close achievement gaps. In EL Education schools, data is defined as information that has been systematically collected and organized to support analysis, inquiry, and decision-making

Membership  

Everyone who teaches is a member of a data inquiry team, regardless of content area or specialization. Special education teachers are members of teams who analyze the achievement data of the students they serve. When a special education teacher works with multiple grade levels and multiple content areas, they typically choose to work most closely with the team who teaches the highest number of students on his/her caseload. It is still important that the special educators receive team meeting notes and information from other team meetings that is relevant to his/her students. 

Non-core content teachers such as music, art, foreign language, physical education, etc…also participate on a data inquiry team. They choose the team that is focused on raising achievement of standards they can support in their classes. For example, a tenth grade Spanish teacher might meet with the tenth grade history teacher, and tenth grade special education teacher because they all integrate the Common Core reading standards into their classes and teach the same students. The middle school music teacher meets with the seventh grade history, language arts, and science teachers because they have implemented a writing initiative for seventh graders at their school this year. 

Processes and Procedures  

Implementing clear processes and procedures are important for data inquiry teams to be successful. There are several roles for teams to consider. They include, but are not limited to: facilitator, timekeeper, note taker, and process checker. Because it is easy to get lost in the data or taken down paths not completely relevant to the task at hand, being specific about who will do what and how is critical and will support in team in achieving its goals. 

Protocols are essential for data inquiry teams. The purpose of the protocol is to keep people safe (data can feel personal) and to increase efficiency. There are several data protocols available that suit many different needs. No matter which protocol the team chooses to use, be aware that the first time through usually presents some challenges, but with practice and reflection teams will find more and more success. 


Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Professional Development

Type

Guidance Documents

Purpose 

Data inquiry teams are teams of teachers that meet regularly to analyze student data, to reflect on student progress, and to create action plans that will improve instructional effectiveness. Data inquiry teams focus exclusively on analyzing data for the students they teach and developing plans for responding to the needs and strengths of individual students, groups of students, and particular areas of curriculum. However, data inquiry teams are part of a larger system for using data to raise student achievement and close achievement gaps. In EL Education schools, data is defined as information that has been systematically collected and organized to support analysis, inquiry, and decision-making

Membership  

Everyone who teaches is a member of a data inquiry team, regardless of content area or specialization. Special education teachers are members of teams who analyze the achievement data of the students they serve. When a special education teacher works with multiple grade levels and multiple content areas, they typically choose to work most closely with the team who teaches the highest number of students on his/her caseload. It is still important that the special educators receive team meeting notes and information from other team meetings that is relevant to his/her students. 

Non-core content teachers such as music, art, foreign language, physical education, etc…also participate on a data inquiry team. They choose the team that is focused on raising achievement of standards they can support in their classes. For example, a tenth grade Spanish teacher might meet with the tenth grade history teacher, and tenth grade special education teacher because they all integrate the Common Core reading standards into their classes and teach the same students. The middle school music teacher meets with the seventh grade history, language arts, and science teachers because they have implemented a writing initiative for seventh graders at their school this year. 

Processes and Procedures  

Implementing clear processes and procedures are important for data inquiry teams to be successful. There are several roles for teams to consider. They include, but are not limited to: facilitator, timekeeper, note taker, and process checker. Because it is easy to get lost in the data or taken down paths not completely relevant to the task at hand, being specific about who will do what and how is critical and will support in team in achieving its goals. 

Protocols are essential for data inquiry teams. The purpose of the protocol is to keep people safe (data can feel personal) and to increase efficiency. There are several data protocols available that suit many different needs. No matter which protocol the team chooses to use, be aware that the first time through usually presents some challenges, but with practice and reflection teams will find more and more success. 


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