Palaich, R.M., Good, D.G., & Van Der Ploeg, A. (2004, June). State education data systems that increase learning and improve accountability. North Central Regional Educational Laboratory. Retrieved April 10, 2006 from http://www.ncrel.org/policy/pubs/pdfs/pivol16.pdf
This paper reviews uses of education data and considers why state education leaders should build and maintain data systems. The author begins by explaining how different levels of the education system (e.g., district leaders, teachers, parents, etc.) have their own uses for student data, noting the type of information relevant to each group and current/potential uses for these kinds of data. Next, the authors discuss past, present, and future uses of education data highlighting the growing importance of new kind s of performance measures, sharing data and accountability among all interested parties, and standards for data use in educational data systems. They also explore challenges to implementation and conclude with policy recommendations (e.g., create an education data oversight commission in each state, develop common data standards and management practice, etc.) to support states in creating effective data systems.
Data Systems, Expectations for Data Use, Stakeholder Collaboration