Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action Program

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 “Using data analysis, we implemented practices that have increased our graduation rates dramatically.”--DEIRDRE PILCH, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT, BOULDER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-2, BOULDER, COLO.  


Student Information Systems and Learning Management Systems are in place in many schools, but they are not being used to their fullest extent by educators to inform instruction, monitor students’ progress in meeting standards and provide meaningful feedback to students. Educators need more timely, user‑friendly, data-based information, as well as professional development and training on how to effectively use data-collection and -management systems to support and enhance teaching and learning.

The Closing the Gap program, a collaborative effort among AASA (the school superintendents association), the Consortium for School Networking and Gartner Inc., was launched to help schools leverage data to improve student achievement. From this partnership, a collection of resources was developed to help educators effectively use data to strengthen teaching and learning in the classroom.




AASA acknowledges the help of the 16 school districts that participated in the Closing the Gap Communities of Practice. These districts worked together using the project resources, sharing results and learning from each other. Their collaborative efforts helped to identify ways in which the K-12 education community can effectively employ the project findings and tools to inform classroom instruction.


Altar Valley School District, Tucson, Ariz. Appleton, Wis., Area School District Boulder Valley School District RE-2, Boulder, Colo. Cherry Creek Schools, Greenwood Village, Colo. Collinsville, Ill., Community Unit School District 10 Community High School District 94, West Chicago, Ill. Erie, Pa., Public Schools Hernando County School District, Brooksville, Fla. Holbrook, Mass., Public Schools Lincoln County Schools, Fayetteville, Tenn. Morley Stanwood Community Schools, Morely, Mich. Nicolet Union High School District, Glendale, Wis. Sandusky, Ohio, City Schools Santa Ana, Calif., Unified School District Wellsville, N.Y., Central School District Westfield Washington Schools, Westfield, Ind.

The Closing the Gap program was funded by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.   

 If you have questions about the Closing the Gap program resources, contact Vera Turner, AASA Project Manager; email:; phone: 703-875-0710703-875-0710.