Published Online: April 26, 2016
Published in Print: April 27, 2016, as Student Data

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Student Data

"Time to Act: Making Data Work for Students"

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State longitudinal student-data systems have evolved, but collecting data alone is not enough to help teachers and researchers use the information to make meaningful improvements for students, according to a report by the Data Quality Campaign.

The latest of the campaign's annual updates on states' use of education data lays out four policy priorities for states:

  • Be clear about what students must achieve and use data to make sure all are on track to do so;
  • Provide teachers and education leaders flexibility, training, and support to use the data to answer questions and act on the answers;
  • Be transparent and explain exactly why student data is needed and how it will be used; and,
  • Give teachers and parents access to information on their students while protecting students' privacy.

Vol. 35, Issue 29, Pages 4-5

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