Education news, analysis, and opinion about the collection, use and protection of student data.
- Data 'Extreme' Chronic Absenteeism? Pandemic School Attendance Data Is Bleak, But IncompleteOnly a handful of states have reported information on chronic absenteeism, right as advocates warn that addressing it will be a top priority this fall.Data Knowing What Schools Did in the Pandemic is Crucial. So Is Preserving That DataA prominent researcher is working to collect information on schools and COVID-19 to inform future study on the pandemic's effects.Data Will Coronavirus Hobble Yet Another National Education Survey?Amid all the schooling disruptions, federal researchers are scrambling to connect with teachers and principals for a key national survey.Data Using Student Data to Identify Future Criminals: A Privacy DebacleA police department uses sensitive school data to keep a secret list of students it deems as at risk of engaging in criminal behavior.Data Knowing How Students and Teachers Use Tech Is VitalData on the usage of educational technology tools can provide districts with a helpful road map for improving student engagement under remote, in-person, or hybrid learning conditions. See how school districts are using such data to make smart, strategic decisions.Data Thousands of Schools Are Falling Short on Students' Data Privacy Rights, Report SaysParents and students can opt out from schools disclosing personal information, but many schools don't make that option clear to families.Data Coronavirus and School Research: A Major Disruption and Potential OpportunityThe pandemic is putting the kibosh on education research around the world, but it's also opening up opportunities to study new ways of learning in new environments.Data Opinion Does Studying Student Data Really Raise Test Scores?Many teachers believe that analyzing student testing data can boost performance, but research suggests otherwise, writes Heather C. Hill.Data Tech Venture Philanthropies and Public Education: Q&A With USC Professor Patricia BurchGroups like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation are pushing a 'technocratic' approach to school reform that could change the way we think about public-school governance, says USC professor Patricia Burch.Data Schools Collect Tons of Student Information. Deleting It All Is a Major ChallengeStates and districts should create comprehensive data inventories and adopt clear retention and deletion policies, recommends the Center for Democracy & Technology.Data Kansas City Data-Sharing Effort Showcases Ballmer Group's StrategyA $59 million investment in software developer Social Solutions aims to ease the flow of data among schools and social service providers.Data Inspector General Blasts U.S. Ed. Department's Handling of FERPA ComplaintsThe backlog of student-privacy complaints from parents goes back years, an audit found, and the department lacks basic controls and procedures.