Data teams are small grade-level or department teams that examine individual student work generated from common formative assessments. In collaborative, structured, scheduled meetings they focus on the effectiveness of teaching and learning via data-driven instruction.
First, your team needs a written curriculum and must create a pre-assessment tied to specific student objectives. Then you give the pre-assessment to begin the Data Team Meeting Cycle.
Data Team Meeting Cycle
Collect and chart data
Analyze strengths and obstacles
Establish S.M.A.R.T. goal(s): set, review, revise
Select instructional strategies
Determine results indicators
Monitor and evaluate results
After you complete a Team Meeting cycle and use the instructional strategies and results indicators you identified, you give the post-assessment and evaluate the results. This spreadsheet is a good resource.
Helpful Resources for the Data Team Cycle
Data Team Meeting Steps (fillable PDF)
Data Teams Checklist (PDF)
Data Teams Chart (analysis spreadsheet using proficient, near, and far tiers)
Data Teams Chart (analysis spreadsheet with four tiers: advanced, proficient, near, and far)
Data Teams Template (alternate spreadsheet)
Data Teams Post-Assessment Chart (spreadsheet)