From sophisticated systems to individual use, data is critically important to school and student success. Throughout the years, DQC has released over a dozen infographics that illustrate what it looks like when everyone involved in student learning has the data and the tools they need to make informed decisions.
Empowering Families and Communities
How Data Empowers Parents: When parents have the right information to make decisions, students excel. But often the only information parents receive about their child’s education is through student report cards and the occasional parent teacher conference. Better information empowers parents to provide better support, make better decisions, and be better advocates.
You Need Data to Personalize Learning: DQC’s infographic shows how data makes personalized learning possible. When students, parents, teachers, and leaders are empowered with the data they need when they need it, there are many ways to personalize learning.
Data + Out-of-School Time Partnerships = Student Success: Learning doesn’t end at 3 p.m. or in June, and neither should data-driven support for students. DQC’s infographic shows what is possible when schools and out-of-school time (OST) partners collaborate and securely share information to support student learning. When the adults working with students both in and out of the classroom have the information they need to make the best decisions, students excel.
Strong Teachers and Leaders
Ms. Bullen’s Data-Rich Year: This DQC infographic follows a teacher, Ms. Bullen, and student through the school year to see how data helps teachers, parents, and others make sure students are meeting education goals. For more on teacher data literacy, read Data Literacy 101.
Mr. Maya’s Data-Rich Year: DQC’s infographic follows one principal, Mr. Maya, along with his leadership staff and team of teachers (and parents!) through a school year to see how data help him enable teachers and students to set and meet education goals—and to continually improve. For more on administrator data literacy, read Data Literacy 101.
Who Uses Student Data? Most personal student information stays local. Districts, states, and the federal government all collect data about students for important purposes like informing instruction and providing information to the public. But the type of data collected, and who can access them, is different at each point. This infographic shows how student data—from schools to the US Department of Education—are and are not accessed and used. Read more on safeguarding student data at every level.
A Stoplight for Student Data Use: The foundational federal law on student privacy, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), establishes student privacy rights by restricting with whom and under what circumstances schools may share students’ personally identifiable information. This tool summarizes some of the main provisions of FERPA and related regulations and identifies when students’ personally identifiable information may be securely shared under the law.
Data Systems that Work
What is Student Data? See the types of data that can come together—under requirements like privacy and security—to form a full picture of student learning. When used effectively, data empowers everyone.
When Researchers Have Access to Data, Students Succeed: When policymakers and researchers work together, students and schools do better. That’s because research is more than an academic exercise. In partnership with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Knowledge Alliance, the Data Quality Campaign’s infographic shows how researchers’ access to data can help students succeed.
Grace’s Path to Success: No two students have the same path to and through school and work. Each student has their own strengths and goals that inform the education and workforce options they pursue. And each deserves to achieve success on the path they’ve chosen. That’s where data comes in. DQC’s infographic follows one student, Grace, as she uses data to make important decisions that help her reach her goals, from early education to career. Empowered with information on the many options available to her throughout her journey, Grace chooses her own pathway without making decisions in the dark. Read more on how data can support student success from early learning to workforce.
School Spending Data Enables Better Decisions, Better Results: Under ESSA, states are required to publish school-level spending data in report cards. This information shines a light on the education investments in communities and how they are used to serve students. DQC’s infographic illustrates what it looks like when leaders—from state and local leaders to principals and community advocates—use school-level spending data in their roles to ensure successful, well-resourced classrooms. Read more on shining a light on the power of school-spending data.
Data Linkages Enable Individual Support and Shared Success: Data linkages enable system leaders to understand high-level trends and identify best practices at work. Educators, advocates, and families can also use this information to have meaningful conversations about what individuals need and how to make sure they get it. This infographic illustrates that, when all the important people in their lives have appropriate access to information, individuals get the support they need to succeed.
Clear Career Pathways Require Connected Data: When it comes to a decision as important as preparing for a career, people deserve transparent and easy-to-understand information. This infographic illustrates what happens when state leaders modernize their P–20W data systems and create tools that provide transparency about available credentials and their postsecondary and workforce outcomes.