Schools are flooded with data these days, but students, parents, teachers, and administrators oftenbecause the systems for collecting, storing, and analyzing that information don’t mesh with each other, according to a new report on the lack of “interoperability” among education data systems.
The report, released last week, calls on policymakers to devise long-term plans to increase the capability of technology systems to work together. It also says they need to do so while ensuring student privacy and urges state and local officials to demand that private-sector vendors deliver products that are capable of working within a broader technology system full of many parts.
The report was produced by the State Educational Technology Directors Association, a nonprofit organization based in Glen Burnie, Md., that represents state technology leaders.
A version of this article appeared in the June 05, 2013 edition of Education Week as Data Interoperability