A critical component of the continuous improvement classroom is the Classroom Data Center (CDC). Classroom Data Centers are basically the graphical representation of a set of well-defined processes that demonstrate progress toward the classroom mission. It may take the form of run or bar charts that compare performance projections for classroom goals with current and past data performance. The CDC typically includes the following components:
- District Strategic Plan
- School Improvement Goals
- Classroom Ground Rules
- Classroom Mission Statement
- SMART Classroom Goals
- Graphical Displays of Progress Toward SMART Goals
- Other Information (Customer Satisfaction Data, Surveys, ect.)
CDCs are often referred to as “dashboards.” The term “dashboard” illustrates the necessity of available data that can be referred to often and is used to make data driven decisions. In its highest form, CDCs are parallel to the student data folder. In other words, students collect individual achievement data that are averaged and displayed in the CDC and students write individual mission statements that are based on the classroom mission statement posted in the CDC. In this way, the CDC incorporates the key measures and components of the student data folder as well. To use an analogy: The Classroom Data Center is to a classroom of students as the student data folder is to the individual student.
The CDC is really like a lighthouse tool that guides and steers the classroom toward continuous improvement. In its most mature form, students use classroom data centers and become truly self-directed learners. The Classroom Data Center can be a powerful tool to use with students to model data driven decisions.
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