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ERIC Number: ED540350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Five Pressing Challenges for Effective Data Use
Guidera, Aimee
Policy Innovators in Education Network
Stakeholder access and the capacity to use quality data will make or break successful implementation of education policies. To ensure effective implementation, parents, teachers, and policymakers must have access to robust, quality data--including information beyond summative test scores. Quality data must include longitudinal data that are linked across the P-20/W spectrum. Access alone, however, is not enough. Stakeholders will never be empowered to make important decisions if they do not have the capacity to use data effectively. This paper presents the five most pressing challenges to effective data use along with few recommendations. They include: (1) Teachers lack the skills and strategies to effectively use data; (2) Parents do not have access to quality data about their children and schools; (3) States do not have a good understanding of the quality of their educator workforce; (4) High schools lack the evidence on how their students performed after graduating; and (5) Data are largely siloed and sharing data across agencies is hampered.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Policy Innovators in Education Network