Data-Driven Instruction (DDI)

What is Data Driven Instruction?

A strong data culture is defined by the consistent use of data and evidence to drive decision making and inform continuous improvement at every level of the organization. All decisions should be made and measured with the ultimate goal of improving student outcomes. The 2020 Denver Plan calls for dramatic acceleration of student learning to ensure that Every Child Succeeds. DPS believes that meeting the goals set forth in the 2020 Denver Plan requires the effective implementation of data-driven instruction (DDI), which will help the school align its resources to benefit from the use of student learning data to improve instruction and increase achievement. This includes the roles of the school leadership team, use of time, DDI systems and structures, professional development, and school-wide implementation of continuous learning cycles.

Standards-based Tracking Tools

From modeling data-driven decision-making as a school leader to promoting student ownership over their own learning, data culture permeates a school at every level.  The following resources can help to strengthen your school’s data culture.  In particular, DPS has developed the DDI Tool, which can be used to measure your school’s strengths and areas of improvement.


If you are interested in tools to help progress monitor literacy and math standards at your elementary school, click on the links below to check out the great resources created and shared by literacy partner, Jessica Guerra, and math partner, Courtney Waring.  These tools provide an organized way for teachers to track individual student progress on grade level standards, aligned to district-supported curriculum assessments and other formative assessments teachers determine are beneficial in building a body of evidence to demonstrate standards mastery.  Please be aware that these are living documents and will continue to be revised and improved upon.  If you choose to leverage the tools at your school, please be sure to make your own copy before making any changes or adding your own data.

Whole Child Data

The Whole Child Data Report Dashboard is now available via Principal Portal.  Principals are encouraged to watch this brief Whole Child Data Report Video Tutorial to learn how to navigate the data and to integrate the information into their data-driven leadership.


Assessments aligned to rigorous standards are a critical element of building a strong data culture and effective DDI practices.  For resources aligned to assessments, please visit the ARE Assessment Resources page.


Deep analysis of student data helps teachers and leaders identify what students have learned and what opportunities exist to overcome misunderstandings or challenges.  There are many structures and protocols that help educators analyze data.  The links below are a few examples of tools utilized by schools within DPS.


Data collection and analysis is only impactful on student learning when it informs instructional changes and the outcomes of those actions are monitored and evaluated.  Most of the data analysis protocols above include time and space for action planning.  Below are links to supplemental tools that guide re-engagement strategies and progress monitoring.  It is important to understand, however, that DDI is most successful when action is aligned to coaching, feedback, and continuous inquiry cycles.

DDI Input and Requests

You are the primary drivers of the supports we develop and deliver.  Please fill out the Data Culture Input and Requests form to send requests and feedback to our team or to highlight data culture bright spots that will help inform the creation of relevant and impactful resources.