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Frequently Asked Questions about Education Data

Our FAQ page dives deeper into questions you may have about education data, why it matters, and how it is and isn’t used.

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Our Story

DQC is the only national nonprofit policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that education data works for individuals, families, educators, communities, and policymakers.

DQC launched in 2005 to advocate for and support states in developing robust data systems to give families, educators, and other decision makers access to valuable information on student performance and achievement over time.

DQC led the national advocacy effort for states to collect and use this critical information through the 10 Essential Elements of Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems in 2005 and the 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use in 2009.

DQC launched in 2005 to advocate for and support states in developing robust data systems to give families, educators, and other decision makers access to valuable information on student performance and achievement over time.

DQC led the national advocacy effort for states to collect and use this critical information through the 10 Essential Elements of Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems in 2005 and the 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use in 2009.

DQC launched in 2005 to advocate for and support states in developing robust data systems to give families, educators, and other decision makers access to valuable information on student performance and achievement over time.

DQC led the national advocacy effort for states to collect and use this critical information through the 10 Essential Elements of Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems in 2005 and the 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use in 2009.

DQC launched in 2005 to advocate for and support states in developing robust data systems to give families, educators, and other decision makers access to valuable information on student performance and achievement over time.

DQC led the national advocacy effort for states to collect and use this critical information through the 10 Essential Elements of Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems in 2005 and the 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use in 2009.

DQC launched in 2005 to advocate for and support states in developing robust data systems to give families, educators, and other decision makers access to valuable information on student performance and achievement over time.

DQC led the national advocacy effort for states to collect and use this critical information through the 10 Essential Elements of Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems in 2005 and the 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use in 2009.

DQC launched in 2005 to advocate for and support states in developing robust data systems to give families, educators, and other decision makers access to valuable information on student performance and achievement over time.

DQC led the national advocacy effort for states to collect and use this critical information through the 10 Essential Elements of Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems in 2005 and the 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use in 2009.

State policymakers have a critical role to play in supporting P–20W data use and system development.
DQC’s annual review of state report cards explores how states use their most public-facing resource.
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State policymakers have a critical role to play in supporting P–20W data use and system development.
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DQC’s annual review of state report cards explores how states use their most public-facing resource.
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DQC’s longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is reflected in our values, our strategies, and the way we work together.

As professionals dedicated to equitable access to data and improving education for all of our nation’s diverse learners, we value a diversity of perspectives on our team. We incorporate a number of DEI best practices into our recruitment process, including posting jobs in a diverse set of vehicles and evaluating candidates by their unique combination of education and work experiences.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DQC’s longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is reflected in our values, our strategies, and the way we work together.

As professionals dedicated to equitable access to data and improving education for all of our nation’s diverse learners, we value a diversity of perspectives on our team. We incorporate a number of DEI best practices into our recruitment process, including posting jobs in a diverse set of vehicles and evaluating candidates by their unique combination of education and work experiences.

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Who Uses Education Data?

Individuals, families, educators, communities, and policymakers need secure access to data to make decisions to meet education and career goals.

What is Responsible Data Use?

All education data collected is regulated by federal and state privacy laws and local policies. Responsible data use is when decision makers collect the data they need—and nothing more—and use it to support individuals.

About

We advocate to change the role of data to ensure that data works for everyone navigating their education and workforce journeys.

Resources

DQC is dedicated to building knowledge and developing resources that advance the effective use of education data.

Our Mission

We advocate to change the role of data to ensure that data works for everyone navigating their education and workforce journeys.

Remarkable progress has been made in states to ensure that useful data is collected, thanks to dedicated advocates and policymakers. But we know that in too many communities, those who most need information to help the students they care about do not have it. That needs to change.

More than any other organization, DQC understands the challenges and opportunities of using data to improve outcomes for all students along their journeys through education and into careers.

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Everyone who has a stake in education—especially families and educators—needs the right data in the right format at the right time to serve our students along their unique journeys.

What is Education Data?

Education data is information about individuals, groups, and entire populations. From course access and attendance to performance data and postsecondary enrollment rates, education data includes any information that can be used to support individuals throughout their education and workforce journeys.

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Show Me the Data 2021

DQC’s annual review of state report cards explores how states use their most public-facing resource.

Growth Data is Critical for Supporting Student Success

Growth measures provide a more complete picture of school quality.

Grace’s Path to Success

See how one student, Grace, uses data to make important decisions that help her reach her goals.

Flagship Resources

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Show Me the Data 2021

DQC’s annual review of state report cards explores how states use their most public-facing resource.

Growth Data is Critical for Supporting Student Success

Growth measures provide a more complete picture of school quality.

Grace’s Path to Success

See how one student, Grace, uses data to make important decisions that help her reach her goals.

Who We Are

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All students deserve a great education, and every adult working with children needs timely, useful information to support student learning.

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All students deserve a great education, and every adult working with children needs timely, useful information to support student learning.

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All students deserve a great education, and every adult working with children needs timely, useful information to support student learning.

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All students deserve a great education, and every adult working with children needs timely, useful information to support student learning.

Who We Are

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All students deserve a great education, and every adult working with children needs timely, useful information to support student learning.

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All students deserve a great education, and every adult working with children needs timely, useful information to support student learning.

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All students deserve a great education, and every adult working with children needs timely, useful information to support student learning.

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All students deserve a great education, and every adult working with children needs timely, useful information to support student learning.

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All students deserve a great education, and every adult working with children needs timely, useful information to support student learning.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DQC’s longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is reflected in our values, our strategies, and the way we work together.

DQC “keeps the table set for data” by working with both state and federal leaders on policies and practices that result in stronger data ecosystems—and that support individuals through education and the workforce. While states have made tremendous progress on developing and expanding their systems, the work is never done. States must prioritize policy actions that result in a state data culture in which all stakeholders have the data and support they need to make more informed decisions.

DQC “keeps the table set for data” by working with both state and federal leaders on policies and practices that result in stronger data ecosystems—and that support individuals through education and the workforce. While states have made tremendous progress on developing and expanding their systems, the work is never done. States must prioritize policy actions that result in a state data culture in which all stakeholders have the data and support they need to make more informed decisions.

Our Work

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When students, parents, educators and policymakers have the right information to make decision, students excel.

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Our Work

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When students, parents, educators and policymakers have the right information to make decision, students excel.

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We are the nation’s foremost organization advocating for effective education data policy and use.

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Our Work

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I know my strengths and where I need to grow. I can shape my own education journey.

K-12 Students

I know which educational programs will provide me the skills I need to pivot from or progress in my current career.

Adult Learners

I know what actions to take to help my child on their path to success. I can be a better champion for them.

Families

I know where my students are succeeding and struggling right now. I can help them grow.

Teachers

I know what’s working and what isn’t in my school. I can make timely decisions and make sure resources support great teaching and improve student learning.

School Leaders

I know my graduated students’ postsecondary and workforce outcomes so I can better support my current students as they transition out of high school.

Guidance Counselors

I know more about the academic background of my students. I can better support their postsecondary education.

College Administrators

I understand the unique strengths and challenges facing these kids in the classroom. I can help families and communities create more out-of-school time opportunities to support student success.

Community Partners

I know how we are meeting the workforce needs of our community. I can refine our approach to guiding our clients to education providers that provide them with the skills they need to succeed in their careers.

Local Workforce Board Staff

I know the effectiveness of a statewide initiative to improve STEM pathways. I can use this insight to work with decision makers to improve the program.

Researchers

I know how my state is progressing on our educational and workforce goals. I can make informed decisions on where and how to appropriate resources to push us further on our goals.

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Our DEI Policy

DQC’s DEI policy was developed collaboratively by staff and based on best practices. It is fully supported by the organization’s Board of Directors and leadership team.

DQC is committed to maintaining a supportive and inclusive culture that encourages a diversity of identities and perspectives on our team and in our work. Each employee will be respected and valued—and able to give their best as a result. Employees will be supported and encouraged to develop their potential and use their unique skills and talents to strengthen DQC’s work.

We embrace our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make the individuals on our team unique.

DQC’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policy is applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, professional development and training, and promotions. DQC is committed to the ongoing development of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working environment, and this work is never complete.

Some of the ways DQC operationalizes our commitment to DEI include the following:

  • Create opportunities for staff to increase cultural competency, evaluate systems for equity, and learn how to uncover and interrupt bias in the workplace.
  • Maintain and seek the counsel of diverse voices on our Board of Directors.
  • Continue building DEI practices into internal operations, including hiring, onboarding, staff retention, benefits, professional development, and growth pathways.