School data quality report: NY has elements, needs action

When it comes to using data to inform school strategies and instruction, New York has much of the infrastructure in place, but needs more training and regulations.

For the last seven years, the Data Quality Campaign has surveyed states on ten elements the organization believes are essential for using data to improve education. In recent years, the campaign added 10 actions that states should take to assure the elements are used well, including professional development, governance structures and analytical reports.

The campaign is an alliance of 14 partners, including the national organizations representing teachers, school boards and school administrators.

The 2011 Data Quality Counts report found that most states have progressed in adopting the elements for data success. New York has adopted all 10 elements.

But the report calls for more actions by states. New York has taken just three of the ten suggested actions. No state has adopted all of the actions. Arkansas leads the nation in adopting 9 of 10 actions.

The state Board of Regents has been focusing on data as one of the pillars of its Race to the Top reforms. This year the state has been offering a number of professional development workshops on Common Core and the teacher and principal evaluations that include education on using data.

Commissioner John King told the Times Herald-Record this month that improving data availability and use is one of his top priorities.

More on New York’s status here.

Read the Data Quality Counts 2011 report

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