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ERIC Number: ED561090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Promise of Education Information Systems: How Technology Can Improve School Management and Success
Levenson, Nathan; Boser, Ulrich
Center for American Progress
Many school district strategic plans and education conferences are aggressively embracing technology to improve teaching and learning. Classroom technology typically includes blended learning, personalized learning, online courses for students, and professional development for teachers, among many other things. As districts wrestle with tighter budgets and higher academic standards, a different kind of technology might create game-changing transformation in the education sector: management technology. As the name suggests, classroom technology aims to improve what goes on in the classroom. Management technology, on the other hand, is more indirect: Management technology helps school and district leaders make better decisions, run leaner organizations, and target funds to programs that help kids the most. In short, it helps those in charge of districts and schools manage better. This report, which looks closely at the use of management technology in education, finds that most school districts fail to use these tools to improve their outcomes. In most cases, they lack both the technology and capacity to analyze their data and figure out effective and cost-effective solutions to raising achievement and reducing costs. Moreover, as this report argues, a large part of the problem is that the fundamental design and culture of schools today are not in sync with these new approaches. Finally, this report includes the following policy recommendations for how K-12 education can gain the same benefits from big data that many other sectors have: (1) States and the federal government need to facilitate the development of actionable management information; (2) Districts should make small investments to fund technology-infused analytics; (3) Bring talent, technology, and data to the decision-making table; and (4) Link results to key decisions such as continued funding or staff promotion.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress; District Management Council (DMC)