Education A State Capitals Roundup

States’ Data-Collection Efforts Improving, Report Finds

By Kevin Bushweller — November 28, 2006 1 min read

Forty-two states are now using a data tool called a unique student identifier to follow individual student progress, up from 37 states a year ago, says a report released this month by the Data Quality Campaign, an effort by the Washington-based National Center for Educational Accountability to improve the collection and use of education data.

The report, available online at, also found that 26 states report that they have or are building data warehouses for education.

A version of this article appeared in the November 29, 2006 edition of Education Week