- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Four school districts across the nation that have found success in using school data - not just test scores - to improve student achievement were honored this week by the Data Quality Campaign. They are Henrico County, Virginia; Tacoma, Washington; Madison, Wisconsin; and Goochland County, Virginia.

Goochland County Public Schools was honored for using a variety of ways to measure student success, including student surveys, to help teachers focus on individual student needs.

The Madison Metropolitan School District was recognized for giving schools and the community better access to data to help them track everything from attendance to student achievement. After one year, the district saw reading scores among fifth graders improve 11 percent.

Tacoma Public Schools used data to help them improve student learning, attendance and eventually graduation rates. The district went from an on-time graduation rate of 55 percent in 2010 to 78.3 percent in 2014.

Henrico County Public Schools used data to increase graduation rates and lower discipline rates for students with disabilities.

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