Beyond Test Scores: Other Data to Support Student Success


Whole Child Podcast 300x300Data, data, and more data. Educators are asked to gather and interpret student data to guide improvement, measure student learning, and track efforts to engage and support learners. How well are we doing this both day to day and systemwide? Are we collecting the right data? Are we collecting too much data? How are we including indicators beyond standardized tests that support a whole child approach to education, enhance and deepen understanding of student progress and well-being, and ensure that no single indicator of student achievement becomes synonymous with success?

On this episode of the Whole Child Podcast, ASCD Director of Government Relations David Griffith (@Griffith2020) and our panelists explore the types of data schools and districts collect, their purpose, and how to translate them into meaningful action.

Listen to the episode below or download here.


  • Marc Brackett, PhD, is the director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He is also a senior research scientist in psychology and faculty fellow in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University. He cocreated RULER and has developed two university courses on emotional intelligence. Brackett serves on numerous research advisory boards, including CASEL, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, and the Greater Good Science Center. He regularly delivers keynote addresses, consults with school systems on integrating RULER, and works with corporations on best practices for incorporating emotional intelligence. Connect with Brackett on Twitter @marcbrackett.
  • Anthony Cody is an educator, writer, and public speaker. He spent 24 years working in Oakland schools, 18 of them as a science teacher at a high-needs middle school. Cody is the cofounder of the Network for Public Education and the creator of Living in Dialogue, a publication that fosters discussion around critical issues related to public education in the United States and the world. Connect with Cody on Twitter @AnthonyCody.
  • Joshua P. Starr, EdD, is a lifelong educator with 22 years of service in public schools and became chief executive officer of PDK International in June 2015. He is a former special education teacher; served as director of school performance and accountability in the New York City Department of Education, overseeing services for English language learners, special education, gifted and talented, instructional technology, and early childhood; and was the superintendent of schools in both Stamford, Conn., and Montgomery County, Md. Through a focus on equity, collaboration, community engagement, and teaching and learning, Starr has been able to help school districts increase student achievement by improving systems that support all students. Connect with Starr on Twitter @JoshuaPStarr 

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Overwhelmed by data? Explore how to make student data meaningful in the November 2015 issue of Educational Leadership® magazine. The issue shares expert and practitioner ideas for using data to personalize learning, foster systemwide change, motivate students, and much more.

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How are you “doing data” in your school? What are you collecting and how is it being used?


The Whole Child Podcast: Changing the Conversation About Education seeks to inform and engage educators, parents, and community members about what works in today’s schools. Guests include educational leaders, practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and students from around the globe who share their insight into sound education policies and practices that ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.