How State Education Policymakers Use Data Effectively

How State Education Policymakers Use Data Effectively

DATA WILL SET YOU FREE: “It is no longer merely a campaign tag line that data should be used to improve student achievement, writes Aimee Rogstad Guidera, President and CEO of Data Quality Campaign (DCQ). Her organization’s latest report explores how U.S. states are using learning data effectively—and responsibly—through student dropout early warning systems, teacher training programs and other data-informed tools.

Written for state education officials, the report offers examples and recommendations for how policymakers can achieve DCQ’s “Four Policy Priorities”: measure what matters; make data use possible; be transparent and earn trust; guarantee access and protect privacy. Highlighted examples include Ohio’s “School Report Cards” website where anyone can dig into any school’s achievement and financial data, and Tennessee’s “Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs.”

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