Data Evangelists See People Power as Top Priority
It's all about the people. That's the message that data evangelists are sending to K-12 educators and policymakers.
Now that the technological foundation for the use of robust systems of longitudinal education data has been laid in most states and school districts, experts say the focus needs to turn to making such data more useful for teachers, administrators, parents, and students, That will require a mix of strong leadership at the state and districts levels, greater collaboration across state agencies, and much better professional development and ongoing support for teachers and administrators.
"We make a really big deal out of trying to make sure that that information is useful and presented in a way that people can understand," said Charles McGrew, the executive director of the P-20 Data Collaborative in Kentucky, a state that has made significant progress in recent years in using...
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