Spotlight on Data-Driven Decisionmaking

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On Data-Driven Decisionmaking


The Education Week Spotlight on Data-Driven Decisionmaking is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Districts using data-driven decisionmaking as part of school reforms
  • Putting longitudinal data to use in schools
  • Issues surrounding student data tied to teacher performance
  • Using data to prepare students for college and career opportunities
  • Developing an early warning data-system to identify and prevent school dropouts

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Early results are promising from a study of efforts in 59 districts to launch data-driven reforms.
February 21, 2012 - Education Week

Now that all states can collect data on students' progress, it's time to make it useful, says the Data Quality Campaign.
January 24, 2012 - Education Week

The sixth annual survey by the Data Quality Campaign finds that nearly every state now has a system in place for collecting longitudinal education data, but the hard part is putting all the new information to good use.
December 1, 2011 | Updated: March 24, 2012 - Education Week

Many states are scrambling to put data systems in place that can accurately connect teachers to their students—a process that's more complicated than it may sound.
September 2, 2011 - Teacher

Politicians, educators, and nonprofit leaders meet to discuss the importance of using data to support the college- and career-ready agenda.
October 6, 2011 - Education Week

At the forefront of collecting and sharing student data, Kentucky has seen big improvements in college-going and remediation rates.
November 15, 2011 - Education Week

A new study finds growing numbers of states using data to identify students at risk of dropping out but researchers say these early warning systems ought to reach students in even earlier grades.
November 8, 2011 - Education Week

Teachers should be involved in the design of the data systems they will use, Brad Phillips and Jay Pfeiffer write.
May 22, 2012 - Education Week

The importance of mining student data is drilled into educators before they even set foot in the classroom, but there must be a clear purpose in mind for its use, argues Kenneth Lopour.
March 6, 2012 - Education Week

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