Continuous Improvement Continuums (CICs)

Assessing on the Continuous Improvement Continuums (also known as the CICs) will help staffs see where their systems are right now with respect to continuous improvement, and ultimately show that they are making progress over time. The discussion that leads to consensus is the most valuable piece of this activity. In addition to helping the entire staff see where the school or districtis, the discussion begins to write the sections of the school portfolio for them.

Articles of Note

Doing Data Right: Toward Systemic Change

Doing data right is our business! Be sure to check out Vickie’s article, “Toward Systemic Change,” in the November, 2015, edition of Educational Leadership:

Assessing Perceptions: Using Education for the Future Questionnaires

This article, by Victoria L. Bernhardt, describes how the Education for the Future questionnaires were developed, their reliability, and how they are currently being used.

Continuous Improvement: It Takes More Than Test Scores

This article by Victoria L. Bernhardt, published in ACSA Leadership, summarizes why analyzing state assessment results is only the beginning of effective data-driven decision making.

Data Tools for School Improvement

This article by Victoria L. Bernhardt, published in Educational Leadership, describes how data tools can help schools analyze and use data effectively. These strategies will help schools select an appropriate and effective data system.

DATA USE: Data-Driven Decision Making Takes a Big-Picture View of the Needs of Teachers and Students (The Marylin Avenue Story)

This article by Victoria L. Bernhardt, published in the Journal of Staff Development, describes how the Marylin Avenue Elementary School (Livermore, California) Leadership Team, after attending the annual Education for the Future Data Institute, implemented data-driven activities and strategies to significantly improve their school’s instruction and student learning. Their student learning increases were apparent after only the first year (2006-07) and they have continued to make increases each year since..

Databases Can Help Teachers with Standards Implementation

This article by Victoria L. Bernhardt, an invited monograph for the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASD), describes how databases can help with standards implementation. Having a system to manage the learning mission is the most critical challenge for school districts to meet.

Intersections: New Routes Open When One Type of Data Crosses Another

This article by Victoria L. Bernhardt, published in the Journal of Staff Development, discusses how much richer your data analyses can be when you intersect multiple data variables. Educators don’t need advanced degrees in statistics to begin gathering and using data in ways that will benefit schools and children.

Measuring School Processes

This article, by Victoria L. Bernhardt, is about school processes—one of the four major categories of data in comprehensive data analysis. School processes are difficult to measure, albeit imperative for determining what is working and what is not working in our school systems.

Multiple Measures

This article by Victoria L. Bernhardt, an invited monograph for the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASD), summarizes why, and what, data are important to continuous school improvement.

No Schools Left Behind

This article by Victoria L. Bernhardt, published in Educational Leadership, summarizes how to improve learning for all students. Schools can get a better picture of how to improve learning for all students by gathering, intersecting, and organizing different categories of data more effectively.

Book Downloads

From Questions to Actions: Using Questionnaire Data for Continuous School Improvement

This book describes the role of perceptions data in comprehensive data analysis and details the steps in questionnaire construction, administration, analysis, and presentation - from questions to actions.

Data, Data Everywhere: Bringing All the Data Together for Continuous School Improvement

This easy-to-read primer describes what it takes to increase student achievement at every grade level, subject area, and student group. It is perfect for a book study by teachers, administrators, and support staff before beginning a comprehensive data process.

Translating Data into Information to Improve Teaching and Learning

This book helps educators think through the selection of meaningful data elements and effective data tools and strengthens their understanding of how to increase the quality of data and data reports at each educational level.

Using Data To Improve Student Learning Series

Covers: Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools, Across School Districts These books show real analyses performed at the district, school and classroom levels, using measures that are used at some grade levels, as well as consistent measures at every grade level over time. The splitting up of the topics allows for a thorough investigation of the analyses and program implications. Whether you are a district or school administrator, or a classroom teacher, one or all of these books will be right for you.


The School Portfolio Toolkit

The School Portfolio Toolkit is a book and compact disc (CD) that includes over 500 tools, strategies, templates, and examples for use in building school portfolios and working with staffs, as well as for use in planning, implementing, and evaluating continuous school improvement.


The Example School Portfolio

This book represents one school's approach to building a school portfolio. This school neither began with a totally committed staff nor with the data they needed to make their decision making purposeful and in alignment with their vision. Over the three years represented by this portfolio, one can see what it took to get the data teachers needed to understand how to meet the needs of all their students and to understand what processes to change to get different results. Readers can also see how easy it is to look at another school and relate to how they operate.

The School Portfolio

Easy to build and easy to use, a school portfolio is a non-threatening, self-assessment tool which exhibits a school's goals, progress, achievements, and vision for improvement. This book shows you how to develop a school portfolio specifically tailored to your school's mission, vision, and plan, reflecting unique challenges and opportunities.

Data Analysis

With clear and concrete examples, we show you how to gather, analyze, and use data to improve all aspects of your school. Data such as demographics, school processes, student learning, and perceptions of the learning environment by teachers, students, administrators, and parents, can enable you to find out where you are, and where you want to be. Thus, how to get there becomes sensible and painless.

Designing and Using Databases for School Improvement

Designing and Using Databases for School Improvement is about setting the foundation for the work that helps all of us continuously improve everything we do for students. It explains how to design a database to get the data analysis you want and need and use the data to continuously improve your classroom, school, and district.