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
- Show Me the Data
- Growth Data: It Matters, and It’s Complicated
- Parents Deserve Clear Information About Student Growth in Schools
- Asset Framing: The Harder (Data) Work
- Asset Framing: Students Aren’t Empty Cups
- Asset Framing: Putting Data Disaggregation in Context
Understanding and communicating better about data with infographics
- Grace’s Path to Success
- Ms. Bullen’s Data-Rich Year
- School Spending Data Enables Better Decisions, Better Results
- What Is Student Data?
- Who Uses Student Data?
Talking to those closest to students about how they value data and use it to improve student success
- What Parents and Teachers Think About Education Data
- Interview: How Leaders in Illinois are Empowering Educators with Secure Access to Student Data
- Interview: How Leaders in the Nation’s Capital Make Parent Engagement Possible
Check DQC’s blog for more data-rich content in the coming months!
This blog post is also available as a story on Medium.