The call for more and better data on the educational performance of students and colleges has become a common refrain from policy makers and lawmakers across the country.
The information is there, in many cases, but is not always being shared with other agencies or linked to other performance measures that would drive better policy decisions, according to the ninth annual report from the Data Quality Campaign, a nonpartisan group promoting the collection and use of data on student and teacher performance in the classroom.
The organization has been tracking states’ actions to collect and use data on student performance, and it identified 10 such steps that would help schools and colleges better prepare their students for the future. The steps include creating data systems that track individual students’ progress from elementary and secondary schools into college and the work force, as well as developing policies to protect the privacy of that information. <Read more.>