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School Success Team Handbook (Elementary and Secondary)

Adapted from

Decision Making for Results (2nd ed.), Besser, L. et al., 2008, by Adriana Pace, SWLSB


A framework intended to lead school teams, who are motivated to make positive changes, through the entire data-driven decision-making process (collecting data, analyzing data, reviewing goals, selecting action/strategies, monitoring and evaluating).



This attached documents include a separate comprehensive handbook for Elementary and Secondary schools, listing all of the key components of t the data-driven decision-making process. At each stage, there are reflective questions included and numerous examples to help guide users through the process.

Context For Use

The attachment is a 10 page guide designed to support teachers and administrators identify strengths and areas of improvement within their school and to create a measurable plan to improve outcomes. This reference tool can be reviewed and the tables completed as often as needed to support the data-driven decision-making process.


  • Knowledge Acquisition - The guide provides school teams with a new way of managing the rich information available about their students and their school to improve outcomes.
  • Knowledge Mobilization - The framework, based on improvement research, allows educators to use available knowledge to make real and measurable changes in their schools.
  • Knowledge Transfer - The comprehensive guide provides a template to organize, capture and distribute knowledge held about students and the school generally, and ensures its availability for use by teams of educators working to improve outcomes.



  • Support for new Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) or school success teams embarking on the decision-making process.
  • A very practical tool for record-keeping purposes.
  • It is ideally used following an introduction to or workshop on data collection and analysis.

Find Out More

Data wise: A step-by-step guide to using assessment results to improve teaching and learning​, Boudett, K. P., City, E. A. & Murnane, R. J., 2005.Data Wise in Action: Stories of Schools Using Data to Improve Teaching and Learning, Boudett, K. P., 2007.

Besser, L. et al. (2008). Decision making for results: Data-driven decision making (2nd ed.). Englewood, Colorado: Lead + Learn Press, A division of Advanced Learning Centers, Inc. *Under ownership of new publishers: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Baltimore City Public Schools have created a similar document to support the decision making for results process, including a rubric for the six steps.