School Psychology Forum

Using School-Wide Data Systems to Make Decisions Efficiently and Effectively

Brandi Simonsen and George Sugai

Volume 1 Issue 2

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Abstract: Recent legislation and public attention has created an intense focus on accountability in schools. School psychologists and other school personnel can capitalize on this momentum to revise assessment and intervention practices and expand their focus from individual student to school-wide systems of data collection and support. In this article we present a guide to identify potential sources of school-wide data, implement efficient and feasible data systems, increase the trustworthiness and usability of data, and use data for relevant decision making. We conclude with an example that illustrates how a school may effectively use school-wide data to make decisions.