Data-driven decision-making resources

Data analysis tools

  • Logistic regression template: This Excel template provides a probability curve (logistic response function) based on results of logistic regression analysis. Logistic regression is commonly used to develop benchmark or target scores on local assessments, based on linking these local assessments to probability of success on a high-stakes test. More information on logistic regression is available here.
  • RtI Scheduler: This Excel tool provides a framework for an elementary school to consider how to schedule for Response to Intervention (RtI) supplemental instruction, as recommended by Reading First and in the RtI literature. Each grade receives 90 minutes of reading instruction, with an additional 30 minutes of reading and 30 minutes of math available for students needing supplemental instruction, plus time for additional interventions for specific students. This example demonstrates how this was accomplished using three FTE staff in a K-5 building with three sections per grade level. (This tool is courtesy of Barb Scierka, from the St. Croix River Education District.)
  • Summary of Effectiveness template: This Excel template provides a summary of effectiveness chart based on fall, winter and spring benchmark assessment data. The template allows the user to enter custom target scores and presents the number of students with scores falling into Tiers I, II and III (Benchmark, Strategic and Intensive), as well as the number of students who move up and down across each benchmark testing season. This template is especially valuable when using general outcome measures such as Oral Reading Fluency or DIBELS within an RtI framework. (Thanks to Barb Scierka and Kerry Bollman of the St. Croix River Education District for their assistance in developing this chart.)
  • Routes to Graduation flowchart: The Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (GRAD) are the state tests that fulfill Minnesota’s high school graduation requirement for students who first entered grade 8 in 2005-06 or later. TIES worked with the Minnesota Department of Education to develop a flowchart to help explain the various routes by which students can meet this graduation testing requirement.

Linking studies

  • Oral Reading Fluency/MCA-III Reading linking study (2013): Oral Reading Fluency/MCA-III Reading linking study (2013): In this research brief, TIES looked at the relationship between AIMSWeb oral reading fluency scores and MCA-III reading scores for over 30,000 Minnesota students. Target scores that predict success on subsequent administrations of the MCA assessments are provided, as are diagnostic accuracy statistics.
  • Minnesota NWEA/MCA-III Math linking study (2012 addendum): This study looked at the link between NWEA and the MCA-III in math, exploring the differences between targets set to the 2011 MCA-III and those set to the 2012 MCA-III. Final targets are presented, linked to the 2012 MCA-III only. Results and suggested target scores are included.
  • Minnesota NWEA/MCA-II linking study: TIES gathered data from nearly 100,000 Minnesota students and analyzed the link between their scores on the NWEA and MCA-II statewide assessments. Results of this analysis are reported, including guidance on setting target scores for using the NWEA to predict success on the MCA-II.

Statistics-related links

Assessment-related links

  • Center on Student Progress Monitoring: A federally funded resource to provide technical assistance to schools interested in monitoring student academic progress in grades K-5
  • Intervention Central: A web site with several resources related to instruction, curriculum-based measurement and response to intervention
  • National Center on Response to Intervention:  A web site with information on essential components of RtI
  • National Center on Intensive Intervention:  A web site supported by American Institutes for Research with information on supporting students with severe and persistent learning or behavioral needs
  • RtI Action Network:  A web site supported by the National Center for Learning Disabilities with information about the Response to Intervention framework
  • Rate of Improvement:  A web site including posts related to monitoring progress for individual students
  • Measured Effects:  A web site that includes several helpful templates for creating charts for many purposes

Instruction-related links

  • What Works Clearing House: Supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, this web site reviews research on different programs, products, practices and policies in education.
  • IES Practice Guides: Supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, this web site provides specific recommendations to educators on evidence-based practices.
  • Evidence Based Intervention Network:  Supported by the University of Missouri, this web site was developed to provide guidance in the selection and implementation of evidence-based interventions in the classroom setting. 
  • Best Evidence Encyclopedia: Supported by Johns Hopkins University, this web site provides research reviews of educational programs.
  • Promising Practices Network: Supported by the Rand Corporation, this web site provides research information in all areas related to child well-being, including physical and mental health, academic success, and economic security.
  • IRIS Center: This national center at Vanderbilt University is dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities, from birth through age 21 through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions.
  • Teaching LD:  Supported by the Council for Exceptional Children, this web site provides information and resources for teaching students with learning disabilities.
  • McREL: McREL International is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan education research and development corporation that works to provide educators and leaders with research-based, practical guidance on the issues and challenges facing preK−16 education.
  • Peer Assisted Learning Strategies: This web site provides information on implementation of PALS interventions.
  • Annenberg Learner:  A division of the Annenberg Foundation, this web site seeks to advance excellent teaching in American schools through the development and distribution of multimedia resources for teaching and learning.
  • Explicit Instruction:  This companion web site to the book Explicit Instruction by Anita Archer and Charles Hughes includes many video examples of explicit instruction in action.
  • CAST: This educational research and development organization works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through universal design for learning.
  • ALTEC: 4Teachers: This web site provides resources to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom. The site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. It also has tools for student use.
  • SWC Schools Virtual Media Center: The purpose of the South Washington County Schools Virtual Media Center is to expand learning opportunities for students, teachers, parents, and community members.  This web site provides links to many online teaching resources.
  • Florida Center for Reading Research: This multidisciplinary research center at Florida State University explores all aspects of reading research, including research on literacy-related skills for typically developing readers and those who struggle, studies of effective prevention and intervention, and psychometric work on formative assessment.
  • IRA: Read Write Think:  The mission of the International Reading Association is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide.
  • Reading Rockets: This web site offers reading strategies, lessons and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Reading resources to assist parents, teachers and other educators are available to help struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills.
  • Vaughn Gross Center: From translating research into practice to providing online professional development, the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts emphasizes scientifically based research and is dedicated to improving instruction for all students, especially struggling readers, English language learners and special education students.
  • National Reading Panel: This web site is updated regularly with information about NRP publications and materials. It is also an archive, featuring the congressional charge to the NRP, biographies of NRP members, meeting minutes and other historical information.
  • Center on Teaching and Learning: Hosted at the University of Oregon, the Center on Teaching and Learning is a community of scholars whose mission is to conduct, translate and disseminate research that focuses on the solutions and resolutions to serious but practical problems in school systems, including classrooms, schools, special education settings and school districts.
  • U Pittsburgh Leaders:  LEADERS (Literacy Educators Assessing and Developing Early Reading Success)  is a four-year project funded by an Eisenhower Grant and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  LEADERS was developed to help teachers address the needs of students who are at risk for encountering difficulties in early reading.
  • Read Works: This nonprofit is committed to solving the nation's reading comprehension crisis by giving teachers the research-proven tools and support they need to improve the academic achievement of their students.
  • Children's Picture Book Database: Supported by Miami University, this web site provides a searchable database of over 5,000 children’s books.
  • Reading Is Fundamental:  RIF provides new, free books for children to choose from and make their own. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8.
  • Kahn Academy: This not-for-profit organization hosts free instructional materials on a wide variety of topics for self-paced learning.
  • Wolfram Math World: This web site offers resources for mathematics content.
  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives:  This is a National Science Foundation-supported project to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis). 
  • Math Forum at Drexel:  This web site offers searchable explanations of mathematics questions and a subscription to a math problem of the week program.
  • NCTM Illuminations: Supported by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this site provides lessons and interactive activities for teaching math.
  • Newsela.com: This web site provides current news articles on a variety of topics. For each article, readers select the Lexile level at which they choose to read (approximate range is grades 4-12). Articles are accompanied by Common Core-aligned quizzes. Teachers can assign articles, Lexile levels and quizzes to students, and review student performance. 
  • SciMath MN: This Minnesota nonprofit education and business coalition advocates for quality preK-16 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education based on research, national standards and effective practices.