The Need for a School Counseling Data Management System. Data Is Our Friend. What Do You Think of When You Hear the Word Data?. What Is Data?. Factual information, especially information organized for analysis or used to reason or make decisions. (www.dictionary.com). Uses of Data.
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The Need for a School CounselingData Management System Data Is Our Friend
What Is Data? • Factual information, especially information organized for analysis or used to reason or make decisions.(www.dictionary.com)
3 Types of Data • Process • What did you do for whom? • Perception • What do people think they know?What do they believe?What can they do? • Results • What are the outcomes?
School Counseling Data Management System • A systematic approach to producing, organizing, analyzing and reporting data on the impact of implementing comprehensive school counseling programs • The SCDMS establishes correlations between the counseling program (e.g., curriculum, responsive services, targeted interventions) and key school-wide indicators (e.g., attendance, academic achievement, discipline)
Requirements for Establishing a SCDMS • Determine what data needs to be gathered (e.g., who needs what data for what purposes) • Determine data gathering processes and instruments • Develop comprehensive plans for data gathering and reporting • Report data to demonstrate the impact of school counseling on student success and the health of the school community
Consequences of Not Focusing on Data • The time when people believe we are doing a good job simply because we say so is gone and will never return • Failure to report meaningful data marginalizes counselors in the school community and diminishes our credibility • Failure to use data for decision-making harms students • Failure to demonstrate our valuable contribution to student success through data can cost us our jobs
Critical Priorities • We recommend that districts focus on producing data for: • The RI Commissioner of Education’s Review Process • Support Personnel Accountability Report Card (SPARC) • Responding to these two reporting opportunities has the greatest potential for demonstrating that school counseling is making a significant contribution to student success and school improvement
Commissioner’s Review • The Commissioner’s Review Process requires districts to demonstrate how they are using comprehensive school counseling programs to support student success • Counselors need to get involved in providing their districts with information about the impact of school counseling on student success
SPARC • Support Personnel Accountability Report Card (SPARC) • We view SPARC’s as one of the most powerful data reporting tools available to school counselors • We highly recommend that all schools produce an annual SPARC • We recommend EZAnalyze as the primary tool for processing data and generating graphs
Data Is Our Friend • We cannot demonstrate that school counselors are accountable without meaningful data that shows the positive impact of our work • Do not be afraid of data • Embrace data as a powerful tool for improving our practice and promoting our vital contribution to student success