The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states an opportunity to build on the education data foundation they have established over the past decade. As states continue to craft their ESSA plans this summer and roll them out over the next year, DQC has created a series of resources, including its comprehensive Opportunities to Make Data Work for Students in the Every Student Succeeds Act, to support their efforts.
Want to Build Better Report Cards?
Only a few states have provided parents and communities with a one-stop-shop report card that demonstrates student and school progress in clear language with useful context. States should take advantage of the data they are already collecting and make that information more accessible and meaningful.
- Use this 12-month, step-by-step timeline and guide, State Guide to Building Online School Report Cards.
- Make sure that the report card answers people’s questions and informs action with Show Me the Data.
- And don’t forget that States Can and Must Include Postsecondary Enrollment Data on Report Cards.
Working to Combat Achievement and Opportunity Gaps?
ESSA charges states to highlight and act on inequities at every level of the education system. States should strive to go further than the requirements of the law to better serve every student.
- Shining a Light on Equity spotlights how states have successfully used data to address performance gaps and help educators and leaders ensure that all students have the support they need.
- Roadmap for Foster Care and K–12 Data Linkages demonstrates the importance of data sharing between child welfare and education agencies to better coordinate and target student services. These data linkages are also the first step in meeting ESSA’s new foster care reporting requirements.
Trying to Get That Grad Rate Up—And Ensure It’s Based on Quality Data?
Sealing the Cracks: Using Graduation Data, Policy, and Practice to Keep All Kids on Track discusses how to improve the quality and comparability of graduation data, which builds trust and utility in this information to ultimately help more students graduate.