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Danielle Evennou posted on 9/18/2014.

Will Big Data Magnify Discrimination? Federal Trade Commission Workshop Explores Answers

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What do the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), researchers, business leaders, human rights advocates, and privacy experts have in common? They all care about big data. Though it doesn’t have a legal definition, the term big data commonly refers to large and complex data sets. With stronger than ever computing power, big data can be analyzed using algorithms to identify new patterns and draw inferences about people’s interests and behavior.

The use of big data is still in its nascent stages. As such, the FTC posed the question of whether or not this data is a tool for inclusion or exclusion at an all-day convening on September 15. In her opening remarks, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez points out that 90 percent of the world’s data have been created in the last two years. Big data has the potential to save lives, improve education, enhance government services, and boost economic productivity. On the other hand, it has the capacity to reinforce existing disadvantages experienced by low-income individuals and minority groups. Ramirez is interested in how steps can be taken to level the playing field.

Principal Researcher for Microsoft Research and New York University Professor danah boyd asks how we make sense of fairness, equality, and equity in a big data world. Part of the answer depends on how laws currently on the books apply to big data uses. For example, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which gives consumers the opportunity to access and correct information that makes up their credit score.

In her remarks, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill emphasized that it would do its part to enforce existing laws, like FCRA. But see added that more transparency is needed around how data brokers are using sensitive characteristics, like health conditions, and that steps should be taken to inform consumers about how this information is being used and stop inappropriate uses. In closing, Brill stated, “All players can take steps right now to address potential discriminatory use of algorithms.”

How Does Big Data Relate to Education?

While conversations among panelists largely focused on the impact of big data in a consumer setting, SAS Senior Vice President Gene Gsell offered an example of how big data can be used to attain better education outcomes.

SAS worked with North Carolina to develop new ways to identify students ready to take algebra in the eighth grade. Previously, only students with a teacher recommendation were able to take the course. Using these additional indicators, the state identified 20 percent more students to take the course than teacher recommendations alone. Gsell points out that of these 20 percent additional students, 97 percent succeeded. In short, big data helped get more students into advanced level coursework and these students were overwhelmingly successful.

There was another interesting question raised at the workshop: When is big data a new information tool and when are people just talking about cases of good scientific research? The effective use of data in education has been going on for years. Here are some success stories about the use of data in education:

What’s Next?

On several occasions, representatives of the FTC asked experts, “So what do we do next?” Chief Investigative Counsel and Director of Oversight Kristin Armstrong of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation pointed to the need for a legal definition of big data. In addition, there’s a need to address the tension between the urgency for more transparency about how individuals’ data are being used and the ability of private companies to protect their “secret sauce,” or trade secrets. It’s also clear that these kinds of cross-sector dialogues must continue. And the FTC will continue to play a critical role in this work.

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Jason Nicewicz posted on 9/15/2014.

New Report Highlights the Role of Data in My Brother’s Keeper Program

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Jason Nicewicz is an intern with the Data Quality Campaign’s Federal Policy team.

A group of seven research centers recently released a joint report indicating areas of potential improvement for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative (MBK), a program organized by President Obama to address the achievement gap among minority students. The report highlights recommendations to address inequity across the education pipeline. Many of the recommendations emphasize data as a way to improve overall program initiatives:

  • Implement a National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) dataset that would track students from pre-K through their postsecondary education. NCES would then be able to use these data to provide insight into enrollment, retention, and graduation trends. This documentation is crucial, as it would help identify emerging trends in the education process as well as recognize challenges and opportunities related to educational achievement.
  • Create a data-tracking system to identify schools with disproportionately high suspension and special education rates. With this implemented system, districts could investigate whether or not schools are creating what is called a “student push out,” where minority students are more likely to be suspended over extended periods of time. This plan would also include the implementation of an equity score card program, recognizing schools with comprehensive programs that kept minority students in the classroom.
  • Create an institutional-level early warning system." This would allow for students to recognize areas of weakness early in the academic term. Students would then be able to meet with teachers or a specialist to take proactive steps to improve learning techniques in advance of final grades.

Other notable recommendations include disaggregating college graduation and completion rates by race/ethnicity within gender categories so that young men of color can make better informed decisions about where to attend college, as well as mandating that institutions conduct a self-study of student experiences. Colleges are currently required to report graduation and completion rates by the federal Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act.

Often data are collected and not used to their full potential. A major purpose of data is to help learn which programs are working and which are lacking. From there new plans can be implemented to further student achievement. These recommendations for the MBK program will only succeed if the data are not only collected, but analyzed to make permanent improvements to practice. 

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Guest posted on 1/17/2013


Using Data to Grow a College-Going Culture at Liberty High School

Aimee Guidera posted on 1/16/2013


DQC Applauds Congress for FERPA Clarification Supporting Better Outcomes for Foster Children

Amilcar Guzman posted on 1/14/2013


High School Feedback DFA2012 Fact Sheet Released Today

Jessica Lyons posted on 1/11/2013


DATA FLASH: January 11, 2013

Brennan Parton posted on 1/9/2013


Teachers Should Not Have to Wing It When It Comes to Data

Brennan Parton posted on 1/7/2013


MYTH BUSTER: Think Parents Have the Info They Need about Their Students? Think Again.

Brennan Parton posted on 12/21/2012


Five Pressing Challenges to Effective Data Use: Challenge Five

Jessica Lyons posted on 12/21/2012


DATA FLASH: December 21, 2012

Guest posted on 12/20/2012


Data Shows the Importance of Early Education

Brennan Parton posted on 12/20/2012


Five Pressing Challenges to Effective Data Use: Challenge Four

Brennan Parton posted on 12/19/2012


Five Pressing Challenges to Effective Data Use: Challenge Three

Brennan Parton posted on 12/18/2012


Five Pressing Challenges to Effective Data Use: Challenge Two

Brennan Parton posted on 12/17/2012


Five Pressing Challenges to Effective Data Use: Challenge One

Guest posted on 12/14/2012


Early Warning System Reduces Dropouts in Alabama District

Rebecca Shah posted on 12/12/2012


Unpacking “P–20W Data Governance”

Amilcar Guzman posted on 12/9/2012


Early Warning Systems DFA2012 Fact Sheet Released Today

Guest posted on 12/7/2012


Turning Data into Information and Action at the Local Level

Jessica Lyons posted on 12/6/2012


Where Does Education Data Sit at the Dinner Table?

Elizabeth Laird posted on 12/4/2012


NEW REPORTS: DQC’s Breaking Down State Silos Series

Amilcar Guzman posted on 12/3/2012


Improving College Choice DFA2012 Fact Sheet Released Today

Aimee Guidera posted on 11/30/2012


DQC's Aimee Guidera on ED Grad Rates Release

Jessica Lyons posted on 11/30/2012


DATA FLASH: November 30, 2012

Bob Swiggum posted on 11/29/2012


State Data Systems Make a Difference for Students

Amilcar Guzman posted on 11/27/2012


ED Releases Historic Graduation Rates

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 11/26/2012


Empowering Parents DFA2012 Fact Sheet Released Today

admin posted on 11/21/2012


What DQC Is Thankful for This Year

Guest posted on 11/20/2012


Using Data to Improve Teacher Effectiveness: A Principal’s Perspective

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 11/20/2012


What Do the Recent Elections Mean for Education?

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 11/19/2012


DFA2012 Teacher Effectiveness Fact Sheet Released Today

Guest posted on 11/15/2012


Data for Action 2012 Is Here!

Guest posted on 11/13/2012


Get Ready for Data for Action 2012!

Jessica Lyons posted on 11/9/2012


DATA FLASH: November 9, 2012

Brennan Parton posted on 11/7/2012


Engaging Stakeholders Is Key to Quality Policy Implementation

Guest posted on 11/5/2012


#DFA2012: Data for Action 2012 Results Released November 15!

Jessica Lyons posted on 11/2/2012


DATA FLASH: November 2, 2012

Brennan Parton posted on 10/26/2012


The Importance of the Data-Driven Principal

Jessica Lyons posted on 10/26/2012


DATA FLASH: October 26, 2012

Guest posted on 10/25/2012


Principals’ Decisions Are Best Made with Data

Jessica Lyons posted on 10/24/2012


Miami-Dade Wins 2012 Broad Prize: What Happens When Stakeholders Are Empowered by Education Data

Amilcar Guzman posted on 10/24/2012


Educators Need Better Feedback to Improve College and Career Readiness

Guest posted on 10/23/2012


Oh, the Data We’ll See and the Places We’ll Go!

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 10/22/2012


DQC Celebrates National Principals Month

Jessica Lyons posted on 10/19/2012


DATA FLASH: October 19, 2012

Guest posted on 10/17/2012


How Will I Know If My Child Is Ready for College?

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 10/16/2012


Election 2012: Where Data Fits into the Candidates’ Education Plans

Elizabeth Laird posted on 10/16/2012


Putting the P in P–20W Data Systems

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 10/15/2012


Quality Data Key to Improving Education

Guest posted on 10/12/2012


Finding the Story behind Education Data

Jessica Lyons posted on 10/11/2012


DATA FLASH: October 11, 2012

Elizabeth Dabney posted on 10/10/2012


What Football Taught Me about Putting Data in Context

Evan Omerso posted on 10/9/2012


MYTH BUSTER: Do You Know What Education Data Really Are?

Lyndsay Pinkus posted on 10/5/2012


How Data Drive School Improvement

Amilcar Guzman posted on 10/3/2012


Common Graduation Rate Calculations in Danger—What We Should Do

Paige Kowalski posted on 10/2/2012


Some Ed Data Problems Can Only Be Solved by the State


Evan Omerso posted on 10/1/2012


The Flashlight Shines on Education Data

Aimee Guidera posted on 11/2/2011


Changing the Ed Data Culture Takes Real Leadership