Data-Driven Leadership

Definition: There is a data-driven leadership entity that identifies and responds to the college, career and life readiness needs of every student.


  • Curricula reflect community values, standards, and needs
  • Students with diverse needs have access to all educational options
  • Program planning and options are sensitive to and reflect cultural and ethnic diversity
  • Student transitions are addressed across educational levels
  • College, career and life readiness needs of all students


Community-Based Transition Options for 18- to 21-Year-Old Students with Disabilities: A Framework for Discovery (PDF, 84 pages, 2013) is a guide from Wisconsin for planning community-based transition options for 18- to 21-year-old students with disabilities. It includes step-by-step processes and user-friendly forms to identify student needs, analyze in-school and community resources, set priorities, develop meaningful action plans, and establish the process for evaluation. PDF, 84 pages, 2013.Interesting article and literature review providing evidence for supporting non-academic factors in school success: Teaching Adolescents To Become Learners The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance: A Critical Literature Review (PDF, 108 pages, 2013). It’s long but has interesting graphics.

The College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center provides resources based on the latest research and practice to help states achieve their college and career readiness and success goals. Among them:

  • The CCRS Organizer is a graphic overview of the many elements that impact a student’s ability to succeed in college and careers at both the institutional and individual levels. Use it to facilitate discussions, help develop collaboration, and to align strategies and initiatives to ensure that all students achieve college and career readiness and success.
  • The CCRS Organizer Scorecard is a self-assessment that can provide a snapshot of where your district is in integrating the multiple elements that impact college and career readiness and success for K-12 students.

Comprehensive list of online resources on transition for families of children with disabilities:

Instructing students with high-incidence disabilities in the general classroom, from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Includes services and resources to help the student build self-esteem and provide a smooth transition into a new setting.

66-page slideshow on high-incidence learning disabilities and instructional strategies, created for Tewksbury, Mass. public schools professional development.