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What is the superintendent's roleSuperintendents set the stage for the development and continual refinement of the district as a learning organization. What superintendents do matters! The research on superintendent characteristics and what matters most in improving student achievement identified five leadership responsibilities, all of which relate to setting and keeping districts focused on teaching and learning goals (Waters & Marzano, 2006, p. 3). Making clear the nonnegotiables and holding all staff accountable for following through in the implementation of agreed-on evidence-based practices are key actions of effective superintendents.

In the Moving Your Numbers Administrator Preparation Guide: Using Assessment and Accountability to Increase Performance for Students with Disabilities as Part of Districtwide Improvement (2012), Dr. Aimee Howley and Marged Howley identified superintendent tasks that align with each of the six key principles highlighted in the Moving Your Numbers work (e.g., use data well). Using assessment and accountability to increase performance for students with disabilities is part of a districtwide improvementThese tasks, illustrated in the graphic below, underscore the need for superintendents to attend to all six key principles. The Howleys noted: “with responsibility for the organizational culture of their districts, superintendents set up conditions that support a culture of inquiry and the use of data in effective ways. They also hold other professionals accountable for selecting effective practices and implementing them with fidelity. Because superintendents serve as the bridge between the district and external stakeholders, their leadership is critical to the establishment and sustenance of a focused set of goals. They must also assure that the district deploys resources in ways that support the accomplishment of those goals.” (Howley, A. & Howley, M., 2012, p. 5).

Using data well includes such activities as establishing clear expectations for data use at all levels of the system, and discussing data with the district leadership team (DLT). Focusing the district’s goals involves participating in the selection of a focused set of district-level goals, aligning strategies with these goals, protecting the integrity of a small set of agreed-upon goals, and aligning goals with stakeholders’ concerns (Howley, A., & Howley, M., 2012).

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Ohio’s Leadership Development Framework (OLAC, 2013, 2008) further delineated specific leadership practices for superintendents in the area of data-based decision making for instructional improvement and focused goal setting. These essential leadership practices formed the foundation and provided the impetus for the development of Ohio Standards for Superintendents (Ohio Department of Education, 2008), which delineate elements and indicators for five standards. Among the common themes that cut across all standards are an emphasis on data-based decision making, shared leadership, and focusing the work of the district.

The practice guide, Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making, provides a framework for districts to use in supporting the effective and consistent use of data. Establishing a vision for data use, making data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement, developing and maintaining a district-wide data system, providing supports that foster a datadriven culture within the school, and teaching students to examine their own data and set learning targets are all addressed in the guide, and in the supporting tools and resources offered through the Doing What Works topical area of Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making.

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This District Self-Assessment Guide is intended for use by district leadership teams and school-level leadership teams in gauging the district's degree of implementation and scale of actions associated with effective practices identified by Moving Your Numbers.

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