Data Systems

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IT Infrastructure School District Data Systems Are Messed Up. A New Coalition Wants to Help
Organizations representing states and school districts have teamed up with ISTE to help make data systems more user-friendly and secure.
Alyson Klein, June 29, 2021
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Data Gaping Holes in How States Track K-12 Spending
Flawed and outdated data systems frustrate policymakers and budget hawks alike when it comes to tracking and making the case for education funding.
Daarel Burnette II, July 15, 2019
8 min read
IT Management Q&A: How to Bolster Cybersecurity in Your Schools
Melissa Tebbenkamp, the director of instructional technology for the Raytown Quality Schools near Kansas City, says her district's biggest cybersecurity risk is "ourselves." She outlines what it takes to teach educators how to help protect schools and districts against cyberattacks.
Sean Cavanagh, April 30, 2019
6 min read
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Privacy & Security 6 Steps for Preventing and Cleaning Up Cyberattacks
Learn about common-sense measures you can put in place to protect your district against a rising mix of cyber threats facing K-12 schools.
Sean Cavanagh, March 19, 2019
4 min read
Special Education N.Y.C. Shelving Troubled Special Education Data System
After investing eight years on a system that fell far short of expectations, the city is gearing up to replace or fix it.
Christina A. Samuels, March 11, 2019
4 min read
Data Kansas City Data-Sharing Effort Showcases Ballmer Group's Strategy
A $59 million investment in software developer Social Solutions aims to ease the flow of data among schools and social service providers.
Benjamin Herold, March 4, 2019
7 min read
Special Report Unchaining Digital Data
This Education Week examination of school districts’ pursuit of “interoperability” is the first of three special reports focused on the needs of K-12 district technology leaders, including chief technology officers.
November 28, 2018
Third grade teacher William Calarese helps Luis Diaz during class at Gregory Heights Elementary School in Highline Public Schools, near Seattle. District officials hope that greater data interoperability will allow for robust profiles of educators and students that can help improve teaching and learning.
Third grade teacher William Calarese helps Luis Diaz during class at Gregory Heights Elementary School in Highline Public Schools, near Seattle. District officials hope that greater data interoperability will allow for robust profiles of educators and students that can help improve teaching and learning.
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IT Management Even for Districts Leading Interoperability Push, Journey Is Just Beginning
The Highline Public school system, outside Seattle, is at the forefront of an effort to integrate multiple K-12 data systems. But even in the forward-thinking Washington state district, big questions lie ahead.
Benjamin Herold, October 30, 2018
7 min read
IT Management Lack of Clear Standards, and Money, Trips Up District Tech Leaders on Interoperability
Confusion about standards, budget constraints, and poor tagging of digital content scuttles K-12 efforts to move toward data interoperability, according to a survey of K-12 chief technology officers by the Consortium for School Networking, in partnership with the Education Week Research Center.
Holly Kurtz, October 30, 2018
4 min read
IT Management Interoperability: Tips to Consider, Mistakes to Avoid
District tech leaders offer practical advice to their K-12 peers on how to implement interoperability—and how to bring tech staff, administrators, and teachers on board.
Sean Cavanagh & Benjamin Herold, October 30, 2018
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IT Management Opinion 6 Things Schools Need to Know About Interoperability
Technologist and privacy advocate Bill Fitzgerald argues that school districts and education companies need to better understand the problems interoperability can solve and those that it can’t.
Bill Fitzgerald, October 30, 2018
6 min read
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IT Management A District CTO Talks About Her District's Winding Path to Interoperability
In a Q-an-A with Education Week, San Francisco Unified School District’s Chief Technology Officer Melissa Dodd talks about the cultural and technical changes a district needs to consider in moving toward data interoperability.
Sean Cavanagh, October 30, 2018
9 min read
IT Management Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Interoperability?
Quiz Yourself: What is interoperability and how can interoperability standards be adopted?
David Rosenzweig, October 29, 2018
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