Access, Communications, P-20W Data, Transparency, Trust

It’s a New Decade. Here’s What That Means for Education Data

It’s a New Decade. Here’s What That Means for Education Data

It’s no secret that the education landscape is ever-evolving, which means the Data Quality Campaign was busy in 2019. We released reports on student growth data, school report cards, state education data legislation, teacher effectiveness and CTE data, parent and teacher attitudes on education data, and more. And we blogged about topics like quality education data, state legislative efforts, teacher data literacy, asset framing, and the P–20W pipeline.

But what strikes us most as we head into a new decade is how much the principles of good education data use – and making sure people can easily access data that they understand, trust, and can use – haven’t changed. Effective education data use has always been about painting a fuller picture of student progress so that adults in and out of schools, from parents and teachers to administrators and policymakers, can make the right decisions for students. We can’t get this fuller picture without transparent data that is available to the public, cross-agency data governance that ensures clear processes for collecting and reporting education data, or safe and secure data.

Here is what education stakeholders who are focused on effective data use read most in 2019:

Making sure your audience understands and trusts your data

Understanding and communicating better about data with infographics

Talking to those closest to students about how they value data and use it to improve student success

Check DQC’s blog for more data-rich content in the coming months!


This blog post is also available as a story on Medium.