Data Systems

Depending on Data

This article provides school counselors with advice on collecting data about their high school graduates and use this data to help facilitate their students' college admissions. The author notes that data collection and analysis give staff the opportunity to improve services to students and parents and provides insight into why data should be studied and how to use it.

Recommendations for Incorporating Postsecondary and Workforce Data into Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems

In this CLASP report, the authors discuss the importance of states having the ability measure and assess student progress and success as well as the outcomes of publicly funded educational and skills-development programs intended to prepare Americans for the labor market through statewide longitudinal data systems.

Aligning Career and Technical Education with High-Wage and High-Demand Occupations in Tennessee

This study provides descriptive statistics about Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Tennessee high schools. The study used school-level data, including both regular and special education graduates in more than 300 schools. The report identified a discrepancy between the distribution of students across CTE education areas and the extent to which those areas correspond to high demand high wage occupations.

Roadmap for Reform

This report, sponsored by Digital Learning Now, identifies 72 measures that state policy makers should incorporate into their state policy in order to facilitate high quality digital learning for all students. The authors stress the importance of providing all students access to digital forms of learning, including virtual and blended learning, using digital learning to provide personalized learning trajectories, and providing quality content, instruction and choices through digital learning.

Beating the Odds: How Thirteen NYC Schools Bring Low-Performing Ninth-Graders to Timely Graduation and College Enrollment

This report from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University discusses the findings of a qualitative study of 13 New York City schools that have experienced success in improving student outcomes. Through interviews with school administrators, faculty, and staff, the authors discerned four effective practices or key strategies that were shared among the 13 successful schools. These include: academic rigor, networks of timely supports, college expectations and access, and effective use of data.

Connecting College and Career Readiness Policy and Data: A Planning Tool for States

This resource from the Data Quality Campaign is a tool designed to help states identify critical policy questions for achieving education policy goals related to college and career readiness. The authors provide guiding questions to allow state policy makers to critically examine their state’s policy priorities. Once the questions have been answered, the tool then provides a template for an Action Plan to help guide the policy makers through to the next steps can be taken within their states.

Using Data to Increase College and Career Readiness: A Primer for State Policymakers

This resource from the Data Quality Campaign is a primer for state policymakers. The authors discuss the role that data plays in developing college and career ready policies. They specifically discuss the importance of state policymakers supporting the efforts to use data. A checklist is provided that policymakers can use to determine whether they have the necessary data capacity.

Inequitable Oopportunities: How Current Education Systems and Policies Undermine the Chances for Student Persistence and Success in College

This report presents a national study that examines K-16 policies and practices and student, parent, teacher, counselor, and administrator understandings of them. The findings showed that students, parents, and educators are either confused or misinformed about how students should properly prepare for college, and a great deal of inequalities between students in honors versus those in non-honors courses in regards to the quality and amount of college counseling they received existed.

Education as a Data-Driven Enterprise: A Primer for Leaders in Business, Philanthropy, and Education

This brief, sponsored by Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic Enterprises, and the Data Quality Campaign, discusses the importance of using data at various levels within the education system. The authors describe the use to of data in identifying students at risk of dropping out as well as in identifying if students are college and career ready. The brief also identifies challenges, including making sure that data is accessible while protecting privacy, and linking data across systems.

Call for Action: Transforming Teaching and Learning to Prepare High School Students for College and Careers

This policy brief, sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, discusses the need for highly effective teachers. The author examines the effects of highly effective teachers on all high school students and provides policy recommendations that include: supporting the adoption of the Common Core State Standards; creating standards that define quality teaching; supporting the development of teacher performance assessments; developing human capital systems; and using longitudinal data systems to track teacher and student data.


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