Data for Student Success has a vision for helping schools build a culture of using quality data suitable for decision-making that includes these essential elements:

  • Identification of critical questions whose answers would benefit school districts in decision making to inform instruction.
  • Data Mining Process
  • Delivery of web-based, secure inquiries designed around the critical questions.
  • Availability of focused professional development on data-based decision making.

Informational Project Overview Video

Data for Student Success is about using data already provided to the State as a starting point, then encouraging local leaders to dig deep into that data. They can then use the data for decision support and even export it to complement local data warehousing solutions that provide current localized information, such as unique local assessments.

This project is funded through Title II D Category III K-12 Data Management and Enhancing Education Through Technology grants. 

School Improvement and Creating a Culture of Quality Data

The Data for Student Success project promotes change in school culture through a series of modules designed to support principals and school teams in leading school improvement efforts through data-driven instructional decisions. The modules enhance the abilities of school leaders to analyze and use their state assessment, school and classroom data to improve student achievement. Collaborative inquiry and professional learning communities are modeled as an essential strategy in creating a culture of quality data. The modules originally delivered through this project were:

  • Using State Data to Identify School Improvement Goals
  • Using School Data to Clarify and Address the Problem
  • Examining Student Work to Inform Instruction
  • Using Classroom Data to Monitor Student Progress

Several more modules have been created that are focused on building a culture of quality data. See the Professional Development section.

Data 4SS Inquiries

Data for Student Success Dynamic Inquiries provide targeted reporting to support decision making for school improvement. These web-based inquiries give principals and school leader's timely access to data so that they can help teachers improve their instructional practice through targeted professional development and other resources. If targeted correctly there is a greater likelihood of increased student achievement.


Original Grant Partners:


Participating ISDs/RESAs (all 57):


  • Allegan Area ESA
  • Barry ISD
  • Bay-Arenac ISD
  • Berrien RESA
  • Branch ISD
  • Calhoun ISD
  • Charlevoix-Emmet ISD
  • Clare-Gladwin RESD
  • Clinton RESA
  • Copper Country ISD
  • Delta Schoolcraft ISD
  • Dickinson-Iron ISD
  • Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD
  • Eaton ISD
  • Genesee ISD
  • Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD
  • Gratiot Isabella RESD
  • Hillsdale ISD
  • Huron ISD
  • Ingham ISD
  • Ionia County ISD
  • Iosco SD
  • Jackson ISD
  • Kalamazoo RESA
  • Kent ISD
  • Lapeer ISD
  • Lenawee ISD
  • Lewis Cass ISD
  • Livingston ESA
  • Macomb ISD
  • Manistee ISD
  • Marquette-Alger RESA
  • Mason-Lake ISD
  • Mecosta Osceola ISD
  • Menominee County ISD
  • Midland County ESA
  • Monroe County ISD
  • Montcalm Area ISD
  • Muskegon Area ISD
  • Newaygo County RESA
  • Oakland Schools ISD
  • Oceana ISD
  • Ottawa Area ISD
  • Saginaw ISD
  • Sanilac ISD
  • Shiawassee RESD
  • St. Clair County RESA
  • St. Joseph County ISD
  • Traverse Bay Area ISD
  • Tuscola ISD
  • Van Buren ISD
  • Washtenaw ISD
  • Wayne RESA
  • Wexford-Missaukee ISD

Data4SS Advisory Committee:


  • Calhoun ISD
  • Macomb ISD
  • Shiawassee RESD
  • Center for Educational Performance and Information
  • Michigan Department of Education:
  • Office of Educational Technology and Data Coordination
  • Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability
  • Office of School Improvement
  • Office of Special Education