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Data Takes Center Stage
In Our School's 'Data Den'

We have set up a room to serve as our "Data Den." The image above shows one grade level's data charts. We meet regularly in this room to examine data, celebrate student achievement, plan for student needs, acknowledge each other's talents, and build additional skills. By displaying grade-level data where all can see it has helped us become more of a team and to take ownership of all students.

Jason Bednar, principal, Owen Elementary School, Naperville, Illinois


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