Magazine article Technology & Learning

Turning Data into Results: Using Data-Driven Decision-Making to Meet the Requirements of NCLB. (A View from Within: A Special Advertising Section)

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Turning Data into Results: Using Data-Driven Decision-Making to Meet the Requirements of NCLB. (A View from Within: A Special Advertising Section)

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With the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), schools, districts and states are under increasing pressure to demonstrate student achievement and improve instructional approaches. To help school systems meet this demand for accountability, Microsoft offers solutions for Accountability and Assessment. These solutions help schools and districts to accurately report progress in accordance with NCLB requirements, analyze critical information to identify proven approaches, and act to improve student performance.

Meet NCLB Reporting Requirements

Based on business intelligence tools developed by Microsoft, Accountability and Assessment solutions allow you to compile and integrate data from multiple systems for more precise reporting. Generating timely and accurate reports enables you to demonstrate that you're meeting NCLB requirements. The ability to create reports from a wide variety of data sources also enables you to measure your progress towards meeting goals, document improvement, and share appropriate information with district, community and state education agencies.

Microsoft Accountability and Assessment solutions give you flexibility in using reports. You can break down reports into all required NCLB reporting categories such as economic and migrant status. In addition, you can easily establish new categories as needed or requested from school district and state derision makers. You can compare results from different perspectives to determine your district's learning needs, including results over time, across different student groups, and even the effectiveness of curriculums.

Use Data-Driven Analysis to Evaluate Progress

Reports help you identify trends. Data analysis enables you to determine the factors that cause those trends. Accountability and Assessment solutions provide a data-driven approach to analyzing the effectiveness of changes in the learning environment.

With powerful analysis tools, you can combine data from multiple systems, analyze achievement over time, and measure the effectiveness of curriculum. This results in better information to drive decisions on curriculum and other factors that impact learning.

Take Action to Improve Learning

Equipped with accurate data about student performance and powerful tools for analyzing that data, you can make appropriate changes to improve learning and meet achievement goals. …

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