As this volume goes to print, this and several other data visualization interfaces are being rolled out
across ASB. We are working through a number of protocols as we begin to use them to help guide data
conversations toward action and solutions. One such protocol that we have designed and found useful is
called the Data WOCQ Protocol.
Data WOCQ - A quick guide for walking through data
Wonderings - What do you find yourself wondering about as you look through the data?
Wonder, discuss, uncover but don’t jump to conclusions.
Observations - Look for patterns. What are you seeing? What are the outliers? What are the
Connections - Start to connect the data with your background experiences with a student, a
class, a grade level, a school, a curriculum, other variables and other data.
Questions - What are the questions you find you need to think about, talk about, or act upon?
Some other protocols that we are exploring to look at different types of student data:
Data Driven Dialogue This protocol builds awareness and understanding of the
participant’s viewpoints, beliefs, and assumptions about data
while suspending judgments. All participants have equal voice.
The three phases of data-driven dialogue assist groups in
making shared meaning of data. The dialogue tool helps to
replace hunches and feelings with data-based facts, examine
patterns and trends of performance indicators, and generate
“root-cause” discussions that move from identifying symptoms
to possible causes of student performance. In order to
effectively use this tool, participants will need to have grade
level, school, or district data reports.
ATLAS Looking at Data Protocol Looking at Data is a tool to guide groups of teachers discovering
what students, educators, and the public understands and how
they are thinking. Data is the centerpiece of the group
discussion. The guidelines can help in selecting data or artifacts
that will promote the most interesting and productive group
discussions. Data or artifacts that do not lead to a single
conclusion generally lead to rich conversations.