All students deserve a great education, one that affords every opportunity for them to grow into knowledgeable and successful adults. But every student has a unique background, unique strengths, and a unique path to college and a career. Everyone who has a stake in education—especially families and educators—needs the right data in the right format at the right time to serve our students along their unique journeys.
When students, parents, educators, and partners have the right information to make decisions, students excel.
Here’s what it will look like when data is working for all students:
“I know my strengths and where I need to grow. I can shape my own education journey.”
“I know what actions to take to help my child on her path to success. I can be a better champion for her.”
“I know where my students are succeeding and struggling right now. I can help them grow.”
“I know what’s working and what isn’t in my school. I can make timely decisions and make sure resources support great teaching and improve student learning.”
“I know what’s happening with these kids before 3:00 p.m. I can help families and communities create more opportunities for students to succeed.”
What Is Student Data?
There are many types of data that support student learning. Academic and demographic information—as well as information from assessments, teacher observations, and student actions—empowers parents, students, educators, and policymakers with a complete picture of student learning. Learn more about the types of student data and how people use it to help students excel.
Who Uses Student Data?
From parents to policymakers, education stakeholders use different types of data—including test scores, course grades, and demographic information—in different ways to improve education for students. Most personal student information stays local, and the type of data collected, and who can access them, is different at each point. Learn more about who collects, accesses and uses student data.
How Do We Make Data Work for All Students?
Data has the potential to transform education into a personalized experience that meets the needs of individuals and ensures that no student is lost along the way. But for this transformation to happen, the focus needs to shift from collecting data to prioritizing the effective use of data at all levels, from kitchen tables to school boards to state houses. Learn more about DQC’s recommendations for policymakers to achieve this transformation and make data work for students.