Funny numbers – data use in local education policy
This session focuses on how administrators at municipal level approach data and use data differently in districts with different quality assessment systems. In particular emphasis is put on how numbers and data from national tests and final examinations are used at local authority level in local policy documents and further how administrators perceive these data as tools for school development.
Tine S. Prøitz is professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway where she is a lecturer at the teacher education. Prøitz has recently been involved in a research project on data use in education. In her current research project she investigates Learning outcomes in Policy and Practice (LOaPP). Prøitz is also the executive editor of the Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy.
Data use of school district leaders: goal structuring and influence attempts In this session, a study of how local policy goals are adapted and enacted by school district leaders in Norway as they work with student performance data with school leaders is presented. The study draws on data material from document analysis, interviews with school administrators and observations from meetings where representatives from local authority and the schools participate. The study shows how goals defined in key documents to a varying degree are being transformed and adapted by administrators – sometimes changing the focus of goals into another direction, other times enhancing and extending the goals defined in key policy documents.