To achieve MMSD's vision that every school will be a thriving school that prepares every student to graduate from high school college, career, and community ready as written in the Strategic Framework, there are three goals that will help accomplish this: (1) Every student is on-track to graduate, (2) Every student has access to a challenging and well-rounded education, and (3) Every student, family, and employee experiences a positive school and district climate.  

Data is important in measuring success in each of these areas, so the Data Use Guides presented on this page are organized by Strategic Framework Goal area and some pertain to specific district-wide plans.  The Data Use Guides on this page are now more interactive so you can skip to the appropriate sections and some feature brief videos to demonstrate key concepts!

Most data is located on the Data Dashboard, and the following Data Use Guides detail how to (1) understand the data, (2) access the data, and (3) analyze the data.  Note that access within the Dashboard depends on job position.

Goal 1: Every student is on-track to graduate

Assessment Data Use Guides

  • MAP
  • PALS
    • PALS Information
    • PALS Data Use Guide Grades 1 & 2 [Coming Soon] - previous version available upon request
    • PALS Data Use Guide 5K [Coming Soon] - previous version available upon request
  • DPI Accountability Report Cards
    • DPI Accountability Report Cards Data Use Guide [Coming Soon]
*For more information on assessments, see the Office of Assessment Administration homepage. 

Non-Assessment Data Use Guides

  • Attendance [Coming Soon] - previous version available upon request
  • Course Failures [Coming Soon] - previous version available upon request
  • High School Completion [Coming Soon] - previous version available upon request
  • Early Warning System [Coming Soon] - previous version available upon request
  • STAT System for Principals [Coming Soon] - previous version available upon request
  • DPI Accountability Report Cards [Coming Soon] - previous version available upon request

Goal 2: Every student has access to a
challenging and well-rounded education

  • No associated Guide
     

Goal 3: Every student, family, and employee
experiences a positive school and district climate

Other Major Plans

  • Behavior Education Plan
    • Behavior [Coming Soon] - previous version available upon request
    • Behavior Hot Spot Tool [Coming Soon] - previous version available upon request
    • Suspensions [Coming Soon] - previous version available upon request
  • English Language Learner Plan
    • ACCESS Information 
    • ACCESS Data Use Guide [Coming Soon] - previous version available upon request

So you have your data, but what can you do with it?  Explore Data Use Resources and find out.  

Contact Amanda Jeppson (akjeppson@madison.k12.wi.us) in the Research & Program Evaluation Office if you have questions or suggestions for additional guides to be added.