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The Theory and Practice of Using Data to Build Capacity: State and Local Strategies and their Effects


by Diane Massell ó 2001

But while data-driven decision making has gained centrality in policy rhetoric, has it had any discernible effects on schooling practices? Is it, too, a fad to cloak education in a mantle of scientific legitimacy? Or are data and research becoming a motive force in educational decisions? I begin to answer these questions by looking at whether and how states and districts are promoting the use of data and whether and how data are affecting educatorsí attitudes and practices. I conclude with a discussion of issues and challenges for policymakers to consider.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 100, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 8, 2001, p. 148-169
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18690, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 5:34:07 PM

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  • Diane Massell
    University of Michigan
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    DIANE MASSELL is a senior research associate at the University of Michiganís School of Education.
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