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Paige Kowalski posted on 4/15/2015.

Highlights of ESEA Mark Up: Data Collection and Use

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Twitter was abuzz yesterday as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) met to discuss a revamp of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—or No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as its most recent (2001) reauthorization is known. Those of us at DQC were ourselves abuzz because there was so much discussion of data! Senators offered, and accepted, a range of amendments focusing on the collection, reporting, and use of data.

A few #eddata highlights:

  • Senator Baldwin’s (D-WI) amendment, which asks states to review their annual assessments for quantity and quality, also asks that audits of assessment quality take into account how the assessment data is being usedby educators. Throughout the ESEA hearing yesterday, I was so happy to see the focus on the need not just to have data, but to use it. Earlier versions of Baldwin’s amendment (known as the SMART Act) also included provisions for teacher and school leader training in assessment and data literacy. I would love to see this focus on the skills needed to use data be part of ESEA conversations going forward.
  • Senator Bennet (D-CO) offered an amendment, which passed, that asks states to audit their data systems to be sure that they are meeting the data use needs of districts while reducing their reporting burden. I was floored—and thrilled—to see the focus on alignment and reducing the burden on districts from collection and compliance!
  • Much conversation was had about the types of data points that should be collected by states and included on state report cards, like information about career and technical education (passed), military status (passed), and cross-tabulation and disaggregation of data (failed). While some of these ideas were more popular than others with the committee, the focus on including information on state report cards that provides a more comprehensive picture of kids and schools was just great. DQC recommends that Congress also consider ways to support and incentivize states to create easy-to-access, -use, and -read report cards that meet 2015 realities.

While there are many hearings, meetings, floor votes, and likely a conference committee left before ESEA is reauthorized, it was so heartening to see an emphasis on the availability and use of quality data on the part of the Senate committee yesterday. As we say often in the DQC office, “To progress!”

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Rachel Anderson posted on 4/10/2015.

EdData Privacy Update 4/10/2015

It may be hard to believe, but since just last month, states have introduced over 30 new student data privacy bills! That means that as of today, 42 states have introduced 170 student privacy bills. Three states have now signed eight student data privacy bills into law.

Here’s a (very) quick look at each of the new laws:

Arkansas

  • HB 1241 prohibits the state from providing access to students’ personally identifiable information (PII) to the US Department of Education or any federal partner (including technical assistance providers and program monitors) without parental consent.
  • HB 1961 is based on California’s SOPIPA language from 2014 and prohibits online service providers from using student data for commercial or secondary purposes, while allowing data use for program improvement.

Utah

  • HB 68 requires the State Board of Education to make recommendations to the legislature on updating student privacy, security, and data use laws, and requires the state board to designate a chief privacy officer.
  • HB 163 requires an education entity to notify parents if there is a release of their student's PII due to a security breach.
  • SB 204allows a parent to opt their child out of any federally or state mandated assessment.

Virginia

  • HB 2350 directs the state to develop a model data security plan for districts and to designate a chief data security officer to assist local school divisions with the development or implementation of data use and security policies.
  • HB 1334 requires the state to develop policies ensuring state and local compliance with federal and state privacy laws and requires parental notification in instances of possible disclosures of electronic records in violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • HB 1698 requires parental notice and allows opt out of any survey on "sensitive" topics.

These laws cover several different topics ranging from online apps to survey data to local data policies. They also adopt different approaches (sometimes even within the same state!), with some new laws focusing on governing data and others trying to limit the data collected.

Within this diverse array of new laws, two critical themes seem to be on the minds of state legislators: the role of third-party service providers and how to best support and build capacity at the local level. As states and districts increasingly work with service providers to make the most of their education data, states are working to update their laws and policies and ensure their districts have the model policies, leadership, and guidance they need to be successful.

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Amilcar Guzman posted on 5/10/2013


How the Federal Budget Can Support States’ Data Efforts

Evan Omerso posted on 5/8/2013


The Countdown Is On: One Week Until the Big Reveal

Aimee Guidera posted on 5/8/2013


Four Actions Researchers Can Take to Make Their Work Count (and Support Education Data!)

Jessica Lyons posted on 5/6/2013


Homework: Kids and Parents Hate It but Education Data Make It Better

Jessica Lyons posted on 5/6/2013


DATA FLASH: May 6, 2013

Lisa Sparrow posted on 4/29/2013


Using Data to Make Smart Investments in Education

Guest posted on 4/19/2013


It’s All About Collaboration: Kentucky’s Early Childhood Profiles

Brita Fitzpatrick posted on 4/17/2013


The Business of Data in Education

Amilcar Guzman posted on 4/12/2013


Collecting and Sharing Data in Two Hemispheres

Elizabeth Dabney posted on 4/9/2013


Trust Me!

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 4/5/2013


How Data Help Locally: Students, Parents, Teachers, and Administrators

Adam Ash posted on 3/29/2013


Using Federal Resources to Develop Workforce Data Systems

Brennan Parton posted on 3/26/2013


Data Are Most Powerful in the Hands of Educators

Brennan Parton posted on 3/20/2013


Communicating the Data Message: Teacher Effectiveness

Jessica Lyons posted on 3/18/2013


DATA FLASH: March 18, 2013

Kathy Lally posted on 3/15/2013


My Three St. Patrick’s Day Wishes for Education

Guest posted on 3/13/2013


"Making Better Happen" Requires Data

Jessica Lyons posted on 3/13/2013


DATA FLASH: March 13, 2013

Paige Kowalski posted on 3/11/2013


Are We There Yet? The Quest for Sustainability

Rachel Anderson posted on 3/8/2013


Universal Preschool? Not without Data!

Rebecca Shah posted on 3/7/2013


Look Out, Silicon Valley—Virginia Is Coming for You

Brita Fitzpatrick posted on 3/5/2013


Principals Say Data Use Is the Most Important Professional Skill

Amilcar Guzman posted on 3/4/2013


Timely Information Crucial to Helping At-Risk Students

Amilcar Guzman posted on 3/1/2013


New Fact Sheet on Data to Prepare Students for Jobs

Lisa Sparrow posted on 2/26/2013


Dream a Data Dream: Why We Need Longitudinal Data

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 2/25/2013


Keeping Privacy Primary while Supporting Effective Data Use

Guest posted on 2/21/2013


Top Nine Tips for Communicating Education

Jessica Lyons posted on 2/20/2013


DATA FLASH: February 20, 2013

Guest posted on 2/19/2013


Communicating the College- and Career-Ready Agenda

Aimee Guidera posted on 2/13/2013


Lighting a Candle for Data Is Not Enough

Ashleigh Chin posted on 2/11/2013


My Search for 52 State Report Cards

Elizabeth Laird posted on 2/8/2013


David Brooks on Data: What It Means for Education

Amilcar Guzman posted on 2/7/2013


The Drive for Online Learning in Today’s Schools

Guest posted on 2/6/2013


Using Data to Improve State Policies about Principalship

Jessica Lyons posted on 2/5/2013


Wearing My Teacher Hat and My National Policy Hat

Guest posted on 2/1/2013


Early Warning Data Helping At-Risk Students in Massachusetts

Brennan Parton posted on 1/30/2013


10 New Tools for Talking about Education Data with Anyone

Aimee Guidera posted on 1/29/2013


Data Are Critical to Meeting Texas’s College- and Career-Readiness Goals

Jessica Lyons posted on 1/25/2013


DATA FLASH: January 25, 2013

Guest posted on 1/25/2013


Students Need the Right Information to Make Informed College Choices

Elizabeth Dabney posted on 1/24/2013


Linking, and Matching, and Sharing, Oh My! (Part 3)

Elizabeth Dabney posted on 1/23/2013


Linking, and Matching, and Sharing, Oh My! (Part 2)

Elizabeth Dabney posted on 1/22/2013


Linking, and Matching, and Sharing, Oh My! (Part 1)

Guest posted on 1/17/2013


Using Data to Grow a College-Going Culture at Liberty High School

Aimee Guidera posted on 1/16/2013


DQC Applauds Congress for FERPA Clarification Supporting Better Outcomes for Foster Children

Amilcar Guzman posted on 1/14/2013


High School Feedback DFA2012 Fact Sheet Released Today

Jessica Lyons posted on 1/11/2013


DATA FLASH: January 11, 2013

Brennan Parton posted on 1/9/2013


Teachers Should Not Have to Wing It When It Comes to Data

Brennan Parton posted on 1/7/2013


MYTH BUSTER: Think Parents Have the Info They Need about Their Students? Think Again.

Brennan Parton posted on 12/21/2012


Five Pressing Challenges to Effective Data Use: Challenge Five

Jessica Lyons posted on 12/21/2012


DATA FLASH: December 21, 2012

Guest posted on 12/20/2012


Data Shows the Importance of Early Education

Brennan Parton posted on 12/20/2012


Five Pressing Challenges to Effective Data Use: Challenge Four

Brennan Parton posted on 12/19/2012


Five Pressing Challenges to Effective Data Use: Challenge Three

Brennan Parton posted on 12/18/2012


Five Pressing Challenges to Effective Data Use: Challenge Two

Brennan Parton posted on 12/17/2012


Five Pressing Challenges to Effective Data Use: Challenge One

Guest posted on 12/14/2012


Early Warning System Reduces Dropouts in Alabama District

Rebecca Shah posted on 12/12/2012


Unpacking “P–20W Data Governance”

Amilcar Guzman posted on 12/9/2012


Early Warning Systems DFA2012 Fact Sheet Released Today

Guest posted on 12/7/2012


Turning Data into Information and Action at the Local Level

Jessica Lyons posted on 12/6/2012


Where Does Education Data Sit at the Dinner Table?

Elizabeth Laird posted on 12/4/2012


NEW REPORTS: DQC’s Breaking Down State Silos Series

Amilcar Guzman posted on 12/3/2012


Improving College Choice DFA2012 Fact Sheet Released Today

Aimee Guidera posted on 11/30/2012


DQC's Aimee Guidera on ED Grad Rates Release

Jessica Lyons posted on 11/30/2012


DATA FLASH: November 30, 2012

Bob Swiggum posted on 11/29/2012


State Data Systems Make a Difference for Students

Amilcar Guzman posted on 11/27/2012


ED Releases Historic Graduation Rates

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 11/26/2012


Empowering Parents DFA2012 Fact Sheet Released Today

admin posted on 11/21/2012


What DQC Is Thankful for This Year

Guest posted on 11/20/2012


Using Data to Improve Teacher Effectiveness: A Principal’s Perspective

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 11/20/2012


What Do the Recent Elections Mean for Education?

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 11/19/2012


DFA2012 Teacher Effectiveness Fact Sheet Released Today

Guest posted on 11/15/2012


Data for Action 2012 Is Here!

Guest posted on 11/13/2012


Get Ready for Data for Action 2012!

Jessica Lyons posted on 11/9/2012


DATA FLASH: November 9, 2012

Brennan Parton posted on 11/7/2012


Engaging Stakeholders Is Key to Quality Policy Implementation

Guest posted on 11/5/2012


#DFA2012: Data for Action 2012 Results Released November 15!

Jessica Lyons posted on 11/2/2012


DATA FLASH: November 2, 2012

Brennan Parton posted on 10/26/2012


The Importance of the Data-Driven Principal

Jessica Lyons posted on 10/26/2012


DATA FLASH: October 26, 2012

Guest posted on 10/25/2012


Principals’ Decisions Are Best Made with Data

Amilcar Guzman posted on 10/24/2012


Educators Need Better Feedback to Improve College and Career Readiness

Jessica Lyons posted on 10/24/2012


Miami-Dade Wins 2012 Broad Prize: What Happens When Stakeholders Are Empowered by Education Data

Guest posted on 10/23/2012


Oh, the Data We’ll See and the Places We’ll Go!

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 10/22/2012


DQC Celebrates National Principals Month

Jessica Lyons posted on 10/19/2012


DATA FLASH: October 19, 2012

Guest posted on 10/17/2012


How Will I Know If My Child Is Ready for College?

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 10/16/2012


Election 2012: Where Data Fits into the Candidates’ Education Plans

Elizabeth Laird posted on 10/16/2012


Putting the P in P–20W Data Systems

Alexandria Barkmeier posted on 10/15/2012


Quality Data Key to Improving Education

Guest posted on 10/12/2012


Finding the Story behind Education Data

Jessica Lyons posted on 10/11/2012


DATA FLASH: October 11, 2012

Elizabeth Dabney posted on 10/10/2012


What Football Taught Me about Putting Data in Context

Evan Omerso posted on 10/9/2012


MYTH BUSTER: Do You Know What Education Data Really Are?

Lyndsay Pinkus posted on 10/5/2012


How Data Drive School Improvement

Amilcar Guzman posted on 10/3/2012


Common Graduation Rate Calculations in Danger—What We Should Do

Paige Kowalski posted on 10/2/2012


Some Ed Data Problems Can Only Be Solved by the State


Evan Omerso posted on 10/1/2012


The Flashlight Shines on Education Data

Aimee Guidera posted on 11/2/2011


Changing the Ed Data Culture Takes Real Leadership