Laird, E. & Reyna, R. (August 2008). Data governance: Changing culture, breaking down silos and deciding who is in control. National Center for Educational Achievement, Data Quality Campaign.
The purpose of this article is to examine the issue of data governance and deciding who is responsible for what parts of a data system. The authors begin by discussing the shift in educational data systems from collecting aggregate data to a new emphasis on student-level longitudinal data. The authors argue that the role of data managers is being altered as well, thus necessitating clear and established governance guidelines to help educators at all levels understand who is responsible for each part of the data system. The authors maintain that incorporating clear data governance results in improved data quality, improved access to student-level data, and better alignment of data with school programs. The authors also note that elements such as an agency-wide data governance committee, a data governance director, a clear data architecture system to guide data collection and use, clear security policies regarding access to data, and a state audit system to evaluate data quality, validity, and reliability are essential to successful data management. The authors then present three separate case studies from Kansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee to illustrate specific data governance strategies. The authors conclude by providing various resources and reports that can be used to support better data governance.
Data Systems, Multi-level Data Use