Driven by Data 2.0: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction
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The bestselling guide for school leaders—updated in a new edition 

Data-driven instruction is the philosophy that schools should focus on two simple questions: how do you know if are students learning? And when they are not, what do you do about it?

Driven by Data 2.0 is a practical guide that answers these questions to empower schools to achieve significant gains in student achievement. Rooted in a proven framework that has been implemented in thousands of schools, the book presents what makes schools successful along with tools to put the framework into place to make data work for your schools:

  • Assess—set the roadmap for learning
  • Analyze—identify why students struggle
  • Act—teach more effectively what students need
  • Build the culture—train and develop your staff so that data-driven instruction can thrive

If you’re a K – 12 leader, coach, or teacher looking to implement data-driven instruction in your school district, Driven by Data 2.0 has the tools to train your staff: PD materials, videos of exemplar practice and all the resources you need to achieve remarkable results.  


PAUL BAMBRICK-SANTOYO is the Chief Schools Officer for Uncommon Schools and the Founder and Dean of the Leverage Leadership Institute. Over the last 15 years, Bambrick-Santoyo has personally led some of the highest achieving urban schools in the country while also training over 20,000 leaders worldwide in the best practices of instructional leadership. He is the author of Leverage Leadership 2.0, A Principal Manager's Guide to Leverage Leadership 2.0, Get Better Faster, and Great Habits, Great Readers from Jossey-Bass.


Contents of the DVD ix

DVD Additional Materials xiii

About the Author xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Foreword xix

Introduction 1

The Framework: What is This All About? 4

The Seven Mistakes that Matter 5

The Key Principles of Data-Driven Instruction 11

How to Use this Book 11

Conclusion 12

Part 1 The Roadmap to Results 15

1 Assessment: Set Your Landmarks (and Your Mile Markers) 17

An Opening Story 17

Toward Meaningful Rigor: Creating the Roadmap 19

Assessment Myths Dispelled 35

Implementation: First Steps for Teachers and Leaders 44

2 Analysis: Where and Why We Left the Route 51

A Case Study 51

Foundations of Effective Analysis 54

Data Meetings, Part I: Locking in Deep Analysis 71

Implementation: First Steps for Teachers and Leaders 85

3 Action: Charting a Better Path 91

Action Plans: Aligning the “Why” to the “How” 93

Action in the Classroom: Effective Re-teaching 102

Data Meetings, Part II: Locking in Quality Action 120

Accountability: Follow Up on Action Plans 126

Implementation: First Steps for Teachers and Leaders 130

4 A Data-Driven Culture: Clearing the Road for Rigor 135

Conditions for Success 139

Implementation: First Steps for Teachers and Leaders 162

Part 2 Where the Rubber Hits the Road 167

5 Overcoming Obstacles: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 169

DDI Implementation Rubric 169

What to Do When There’s a “2” 172

Frequently Asked Questions 185

6 Leading PD for Adults 195

Five Frequent Errors Associated with Adult PD 196

Follow the Data . . . and Just Do It 198

Live the Learning 202

Follow-Up 209

7 All PD Workshop Materials and Key Documents 213

How to Use the Rubrics and One-Pagers 213

How to Use the Workshop Materials 214

Preview: Data-Driven Instruction 215

Notes 221

Bibliography 227

Index 231