Principal Wins Prestigious Data Education Award

Principal Wins Prestigious DATA Education Award
Posted on 06/18/2018
MacArthur Elementary Principal, Maria McIver was recently awarded the Annual New York State Data Analysis Technical Assistance Group Excellence in Education Award. The award, known as the Dr. Gerald E. DeMauro Award, recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the educational performance of students by promoting data-driven policies.
McIver has used data and information to provide insight into the decisions she has made in support of the teaching and learning in MacArthur. She has used that data to alter alignment of appropriate curriculum and instruction and to date, each of the grade levels in her building have experienced tremendous gains.
Although data isn’t the only tool McIver uses to make decisions for her students, she said it’s one of the most important.
“I don’t just look at the number or letter,” she said. “I ask questions to dissect what the data means. When the data shows growth, I celebrate these accomplishments and have teachers share what was specifically done so others can try those approaches, and if no gains were made I ask ‘what can we do differently and how can we help students improve?’”
She said she was caught off guard when she heard that she was nominated for the award and said when she heard she won she felt very flattered.
“Maria works diligently to ensure that her teachers are equipped to be leaders in the classroom,” Tonia Thompson, Superintendents of Schools said. “I have witnessed her unwavering commitment to her students and faculty, using data as a talking point to lift understanding, build an atmosphere of trust and underscore a sense of urgency that has resulted in tremendous achievement for students.”
The New York State Data Analysis Technical Assistance Group consists of education experts who provide a leadership role in identifying, cataloging and modeling best practices in the analysis and use of data for New York state schools. Nominees were required to demonstrate outstanding leadership in promoting the policies of an organization that affects the educational performance of students.