Spring 4-29-2014

ESRP 9000 Professor

Linda Gaughan, PhD

ESRP 9001 Professor

Linda Gaughan, PhD

Executive Summary

This strategic research project was designed to provide the impact of integrating data-driven instruction into both intervention and whole-group instruction in literacy education on the students' reading abilities in schools in a formal capacity. This research project's purpose is to learn about the possible benefits and difficulties of implementing the data-driven approach in classrooms and improve comprehension of data to successfully have positive outcomes in literacy instructional decision-making that can enhance student and teacher capacity through continual teacher professional development training in targeted data analysis to drive academic instructional needs for all learners.

At the target Title I high school, the researcher identified a need for more instructional support in areas such as literacy while acknowledging teacher overload as an area of growth. Although instructional planning is rated as an overall opportunity, it needs to be fully utilized in the literacy department of the Title 1 school, potentially hindering the maximization of tiered intervention and instructional outcomes.

The researcher sees training teachers to analyze data through professional development to support teachers in improving their data literacy skills and implementing data-driven instructional decisions. This strategy's goals are to create a culture of data decision-making within the school and enhance teachers’ capacity with ongoing support.

This research project is a step towards addressing the challenges in literacy education. By enhancing teacher capacity in data analysis, instructional planning, and implementing data-driven instruction, the researcher is confident that Title I high schools can significantly improve student reading abilities and overall academic outcomes.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education


Educational Leadership