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Focus Topic: Data-based Activities of School Leaders
Data-based activities of school leaders are considered as success factor for the quality development of schools and teaching. On the one hand, data are a prerequisite for a differentiated identification of needs and for a systematic support; on the other hand, they contribute to the assessment of measures’ efficiency and to their adaptation. School leaders do not only use data for school development themselves, but in terms of a data-wise leadership also support data use by teachers for the development of their own instruction. This requires specific competences and convictions of data literacy. But surveys show that data use on different levels falls very short of the expectations of the political actors. The use of data from standard-based tests, external and internal evaluation, and regularly collected data from school statistics by school leaders has not been specifically investigated in the German-speaking countries so far. Hence little is known about the factual use, about favorable and limiting factors regarding school leaders’ data-based activities or about their influence. In issue 1/2019 of the journal “DDS – Die Deutsche Schule”, various aspects of school leaders’ data-based activities in Germany are discussed, also with regard to comparative international perspectives.
Issue 1/2018 will be out in March 2018.