"Goldring and Berends provide practical and strategic counsel on what data should be collected, how data can be productively analyzed, and who should be involved. Their book positions this advice deftly in research on leadership and organizational change. As school leaders confront the challenges of meeting the needs of all students through continuous school improvement, they will find this book an essential resource."
(Willis D. Hawley, Professor of Education and Public Policy 2007-12-11)"Dives headfirst into the murky waters of data and provides the site administrator with a clear, succinct view and practical ideas to obtain the real positive change in student outcomes desired by all.”
(Cathy Patterson, Elementary Learning Specialist 2008-04-21)"Truly a magnificent piece of work! The discussion questions are ideal for study groups and team meetings. This is the new administrator’s bible. Keep it by your bedside, especially when the scores come in."
(Roxanne Cardona, Principal 2008-05-12)"The book covers a complex process, connects it to the requirements of NCLB, and defines many aspects of data analysis so that a lay person can understand it."
(Margarete Couture, Principal 2008-05-12)
About the Author
Ellen B. Goldring is professor of education policy and leadership at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, where she won the Alexander Heard Distinguished Professor award. Her areas of expertise and research focus on improving schools, with particular attention to educational leadership and access and equity in schools of choice. She is the immediate past coeditor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. She serves on numerous editorial boards, technical panels, and policy forums, and is the coauthor of three books, including Principals of Dynamic Schools (Corwin Press), as well as hundreds of book chapters and articles. Goldring is currently working on a project funded by the Wallace Foundation to develop and field-test an education leadership assessment system and establish its psychometric properties. She is also conducting experiments to study professional development and performance feedback for school leaders. She is an investigator at the National Center on School Choice and the Learning Sciences Institute at Vanderbilt. Goldring received her PhD from the University of Chicago.