Data-based Decision Making in Education

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Kim Schildkamp
  • Mei Kuin Lai
  • Lorna Earl

Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Kim Schildkamp, Mei Kuin Lai
    Pages 1-7
  3. Mei Kuin Lai, Kim Schildkamp
    Pages 9-21
  4. Christopher Downey, Anthony Kelly
    Pages 69-89
  5. Elizabeth Archer, Vanessa Scherman, Sarah Howie
    Pages 91-112
  6. Jan Vanhoof, Goedele Verhaeghe, Peter Van Petegem, Martin Valcke
    Pages 113-134
  7. Jeffrey C. Wayman, Daniel D. Spikes, Michael R. Volonnino
    Pages 135-153
  8. Robert Dunn, Sonia Ben Jaafar, Lorna Earl, Steven Katz
    Pages 155-175
  9. Kim Schildkamp, Mei Kuin Lai
    Pages 177-191
  10. Lorna Earl, Karen Seashore Louis
    Pages 193-204
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 198-198

About this book


In a context where schools are held more and more accountable for the education they provide, data-based decision making has become increasingly important. This book brings together scholars from several countries to examine data-based decision making. Data-based decision making in this book refers to making decisions based on a broad range of evidence, such as scores on students’ assessments, classroom observations etc.

This book supports policy-makers, people working with schools, researchers and school leaders and teachers in the use of data, by bringing together the current research conducted on data use across multiple countries into a single volume. Some of these studies are ‘best practice’ studies, where effective data use has led to improvements in student learning. Others provide insight into challenges in both policy and practice environments. Each of them draws on research and literature in the field.


ORD University of Twente Woolf Fisher Research Centre accountability assessment curriculum development evaluation policy professional development school improvement student achievement teacher development

Editors and affiliations

  • Kim Schildkamp
    • 1
  • Mei Kuin Lai
    • 2
  • Lorna Earl
    • 3
  1. 1., Curriculum Design & Educational InnovatiUniversity of TwenteEnschedeNetherlands
  2. 2.School of Curriculum and PedagogyThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.Aporia Consulting Ltd.TorontoCanada

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