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ERIC Number: ED568777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Using Data to Drive Success in Educator Prep: Massachusetts and Endicott College Collaborate for Continuous Improvement
Data Quality Campaign
For educator preparation programs (EPPs) to produce effective teachers, they must engage in a process of continuous improvement using timely, high-quality information about the performance of their respective graduates in the classroom as measured by student outcomes. While states have the capacity to provide this information through their comprehensive and secure longitudinal data systems, this critical feedback loop between states and EPPs often does not exist. As of 2014, only 22 states reported sharing feedback annually with in-state EPPs. Therefore, EPPs in most states lack the information needed to understand outcomes and improve program practice, and no EPPs are able to collect information on graduates who are employed out of state. Three barriers prevent effective EPP use of state data for continuous improvement: (1) The data-use culture focuses on compliance rather than continuous improvement; (2) States are not sharing the right data with EPPs; and (3) EPPs lack the capacity and culture necessary to use data to improve their practice. Despite the policy challenges, there are bright spots in this work. Over the last three years, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has implemented a number of policies meant to encourage continuous improvement in EPPs and provide targeted technical support. These policies along with additional recommendations for collaboration between state departments of education and EPPs are described in this report.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Data Quality Campaign
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts