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Florida among top states in education data collection and use



Florida got loads of praise from the Obama administration back when the Race to the Top first emerged with one of its key elements being student data. Florida has a model program, the Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, one of just a few in the nation.

Today, the Data Quality Campaign reaffirms that Florida is among the top states in collecting data (meeting 10 of 10 criteria along with 11 other states) and also in using it (meeting 5 of 10 criteria, better than all but two states).

That leaves room for improvement, of course. The Data Quality Campaign -- a national effort to get states to use high quality data to drive education decisions that should improve student achievement -- points to five areas where Florida could improve. They are:

  • Developing governing structures to guide data collection, sharing and use
  • Implement systems to give stakeholders, including teachers, more timely access to student data
  • Develop a research agenda for data use
  • Implement policies to ensure educators know how to use data appropriately
  • Promote strategies to increase awareness of existing data

The organization says it's aiming for more than just the creation of a checklist to mark off:

"It is widely acknowledged that vital policy conversations now under way – conversations about increasing the rigor and relevance of high school, improving teacher quality, promoting higher graduation rates and reducing achievement gaps among student populations – cannot be successful unless they are informed by reliable longitudinal data. When states collect the most relevant data and are able to match individual student records over time, they can answer the questions that are at the core of educational effectiveness."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:48am]


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