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Data as a Lever for Improving Instruction and Student Achievement


by Warren Simmons — 2012

This commentary draws on the articles in this issue to underscore the importance of community engagement and districtwide capacity building as central to efforts to use data to inform accountability and choice, along with school and instructional improvement. The author cautions against treating data as an all-purpose tool absent adequate attention to developing solutions to the problems data illuminate.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 114 Number 11, 2012, p. 110308-
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16814, Date Accessed: 11/17/2017 11:39:56 PM

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  • Warren Simmons
    Brown University
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    WARREN SIMMONS is executive director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and team-teaches a course in urban systems and structure in Brown’s Urban Education Policy master’s program. He received a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell University and has served on the advisory groups and boards of several prominent national organizations, including the National Center on Education and the Economy, Public Education Network, the Merck Institute, the National Equity Project, PLATO Learning, and the Campaign for Educational Equity. He was a member of the National Commission on Civic Investment in Public Education and chair of Governor Donald Carcieri’s Rhode Island Urban Education Task Force. He currently cochairs the Aspen Urban Superintendents Network and is a member of the California Collaborative, a superintendents’ network led by Jennifer O’Day at the American Institute for Research.
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