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New Report: School Districts Must Act to Make Data Work for Students

New Report: School Districts Must Act to Make Data Work for Students

Data Quality Campaign Releases Recommendations for Effective Data Use to Support Student Learning

WASHINGTON (May 25, 2016) – School districts have a unique responsibility to transform state and federal policies into strategies, practices, and tools that guide teaching and learning in the classroom. To help inform policies affecting district-level decisionmaking, the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) has released District Actions to Make Data Work for Students, a report highlighting actions policymakers can take to help all students excel in school and beyond. These recommendations expand on DQC’s four policy priorities from its recent report, Time to Act: Making Data Work for Students, illuminating how districts can utilize these priorities for student achievement.

“These recommendations strive to empower school districts to ensure that students, parents, educators, and policymakers have access to the right information to make decisions and support student learning,” said Aimee Rogstad Guidera, President and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign.

In conjunction with the report release, DQC will partner with AASA, the School Superintendents Association, and the Alliance for Excellent Education to host a webcast panel discussion, “Districts Can Take Action to Support All Students with Data,” on Wednesday, May 25, 3:00–4:00 p.m. (EDT). The panel discussion will consider how districts can achieve the vision of students, parents, educators, and policymakers having the right information to make the right decisions, particularly with the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Former West Virginia Governor and Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise stated, “The nation has yet to realize data’s full potential to support student achievement. But some schools are already showing real promise in moving education from a global, industrial age of teaching where every student was taught the same content in the same way, to a much more surgical approach to learning, in which teachers have the tools they need to meet every student where they are.”

“It is critically important for school districts to have the tools they need to ensure they and their employees implement the strategies and practices that support school and district missions related to teaching and learning,” said Noelle Ellerson, Associate Executive Director, Policy and Advocacy at AASA. “The day-to-day role of data in education is constantly evolving, and it is important that stakeholders at the district, state, and federal levels work to have aligned policies that support effective data use.”


Contact: Brittany Mason, 202-787-5716,

The Data Quality Campaign is a national, nonprofit organization leading the effort to bring every part of the education community together to empower educators, parents, and policymakers with quality information to make decisions that ensure students achieve their best. For more information, go to and follow us on Twitter @EdDataCampaign.