This lesson introduces the concept and components of data flow and data cycles: the processes of creating, reporting, and applying data in schools, and the repetition of these processes from year to year. Participants will discuss the emerging importance of data in schools, identify the many sources of school data, and develop both a complete district-wide data flow diagram and an understanding of where in that process incorrect data can be identified and corrected.
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Download the lesson plan of "Data Flow and Data Cycles" in MS Word.
Using the Data in Schools handout, have the group develop a list of all the sources of data that can be found in a district. For each source, list the ways the data are used or reported and identify who is involved in creating and applying the data.
Participants will use a concept map to demonstrate their understanding of the importance of quality data, the components of a culture of quality data, and the factors affecting data quality.
Discuss the Data Production and Consumption Cycle diagram, comparing it to the different diagrams generated in the class.