Data-Based Decision Making at the Policy, Research, and Practice Levels

Kim Schildkamp, J. Ebbeler

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Data-based decision making (DBDM) can lead to school improvement. However, schools struggle with the implementation of DBDM. In this symposium, we will discuss research and the implementation of DBDM at the national and regional policy level and the classroom level. We will discuss policy issues around DBDM from the perspective of the Ministry of Education in the Netherlands. Next, one of the largest school boards from the Netherlands will provide its view on DBDM, and how it has implemented this in its schools through the so-called data team procedure. Teachers from a school from this school board will discuss the implementation of data teams in their school. Finally, the results of a study investigating the effects of data teams will be presented. To study the effects of the data team procedure a mixed-methods design was used, using a combination of a pretest-posttest and a quasi-experimental, control group design. The results show, for example, that data team participants’ knowledge and skills increased significantly according to a data literacy assessment. Also, teams were able to solve the educational problem they investigated and improve student achievement.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2015
Event28th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement 2015: Think globally, act locally, and educate all children to their full potential - Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, United States
Duration: 3 Jan 20156 Jan 2015
Conference number: 28


Conference28th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement 2015
Abbreviated titleICSEI 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address


  • IR-97897
  • METIS-312812


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