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Educators Conclude That Data is Key to Accountability, Student Success

Educators Need to Take Education Data Further

Student data has become a key topic in the education reform discussion. Data can transform schools and help students achieve like never before, and data is changing what is possible in education. 

Aimee Rogstad Guidera, writing for Huffington Post, claims that education data has come a long way, but needs to go further. The conversation from the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) in 2005 has shifted from building these systems and collecting data to actually using the data to help students succeed. The article said educators now take for granted the information that schools have, when a few years ago, these systems didn't exist. 

"The bottom line is that data users [like the person who turns the faucet and wants hot water at bath time] shouldn't have to worry about the system that brings them the info they needed at the right time in the right way...," she said. "Now more and more parents and educators are coming to the conclusion that of course we need data to provide greater transparency, inform richer accountability, fuel better decision making. With the systems in place, we must prioritize crucial questions, like how to ensure parents, teachers and policymakers have access to this valuable information and know how to use it."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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