The Madison County School System has been utilizing Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for many years as a vehicle for improving instruction through teacher collaboration. During the 2010-2011 school year, all Madison County schools were trained in the use of the Data Team process, which is an extension of the PLC. Data Teams are groups of “job-alike” teachers that collaborate about the development of specific instructional plans.
The Three Steps
All Data Teams cycle through three main steps, which include:
- pre-assessing students on a particular academic standard
- team collaboration on the development of common instructional strategies to address the needs of all students based on the pre-assessment data and
- administering post-assessments to determine the academic growth of the class or individual students.
Data Team Information
Data Team Cycle
For a copy of the Data Team Sample Training Form and Elementary, Middle, and High Master Data Team Forms, contact: