What is the Most Important Data to Inform Improvement?

A recent report by the American Association of School Administrators identifies the value of data-informed school improvement. The report articulates how data help with the following:

  • Measure progress
  • Assess effectiveness
  • Guide development
  • Allocate resources wisely
  • Promote accountability
  • Report to the community
  • Meet state and federal reporting requirements
  • Maintain educational focus

Additional research reveals that none of the above school improvement initiatives are successful without the #1 indicator of organizational success in place, which is “trusted leadership.”

The level of trust in school/organization/business leaders is the most important data point to inform and drive improvement initiatives. Unfortunately, over 70% of school improvement and business initiatives fail due to a failure in leadership and execution, which boils down to a lack of trust. The vast majority of schools, businesses, and organizations are not tracking this single most important data point.

The video below introduces the TrustED framework for informing and guiding school improvement through school leaders’ intentional and individualized development. The framework is also applicable for ensuring the success of business and organizational improvement initiatives.

Overview of the TrustED Framework for School Improvement

TrustED, the framework, the assessments, the tools, and the training and coaching services are all evidence-based and research-validated. All are integrated to support intentional, meaningful, authentic, and measurable school/business/organization improvement based on the single most important data point… TRUSTED LEADERSHIP.

Schools, businesses, and organizations that fail to…

(1) assess the trust level of their leaders,

(2) invest in the ongoing personal and professional growth of their leaders, and

(3) develop action plans to ensure improvement through the development of their leaders…

…will always fall short in their pursuit of authentic mission fulfillment and well-being of their organization and their people.


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