Your State's Progress

Data are more than just test scores, and by effectively accessing and using different types of data—such as attendance, grades, and course-taking—teachers, parents, and school and district leaders can help ensure that every student is on a path for success every day, not just at the end of the school year. This section of the website shares results and analyses from Data for Action 2014, DQC’s annual survey on the progress of the 50 states and the District of Columbia toward implementing the 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use and toward addressing other key policy issues.

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Hover over a state for its progress implementing the 10 State Actions, and click to view the state page with comprehensive analysis of its education data use. Check out the implemented state actions below!




5 State Actions Implemented

5 State Actions Unimplemented


State Action 1

Link data systems

Criteria to meet action 1
K–12 and early childhood data are annually matched and shared with a known match rate
K–12 and postsecondary data are annually matched and shared with a known match rate
K–12 and workforce data are annually matched and shared with a known match rate
Postsecondary and workforce data are annually matched and shared with a known match rate*
State Action 2

Create stable, sustained support

Criteria to meet action 2
The P–20W state longitudinal data system (SLDS) is mandated or data system use is required in state policy.
The P–20W SLDS receives state funding.
State Action 3

Develop governance structures

Criteria to meet action 3
A state education agency data governance committee is established.
A cross-agency data governance committee/council is established with authority.
State Action 4

Build state data repositories

Criteria to meet action 4
K–12 data repository is built and implemented.
State Action 5

Implement systems to provide timely access to information

Criteria to meet action 5
Multiple levels or types of role-based access are established.
Appropriate stakeholders have access to student-level longitudinal data.
Superintendents, state policymakers, or state education agency staff, and other stakeholders have access to aggregate-level longitudinal data.
State policy ensures that teachers and parents have access to their students’ longitudinal data.
The state is transparent about who is authorized to access specific data and for what purposes.
State Action 6

Create progress reports using individual student data to improve student performance

Criteria to meet action 6
The state produces reports using student-level longitudinal data.
Teachers and appropriate stakeholders have tailored reports using student-level longitudinal data.
State Action 7

Create reports using longitudinal statistics to guide systemwide improvement efforts

Criteria to meet action 7
The state produces reports using aggregate-level longitudinal data.
State-produced reports using aggregate-level longitudinal data are available on a state-owned public website.
State Action 8

Develop a P-20/workforce research agenda

Criteria to meet action 8
The state has developed a purposeful research agenda with other organizations.
The state has a process by which outside researchers can propose their own studies.
State Action 9

Promote educator professional development and credentialing

Criteria to meet action 9
Teachers and principals are trained to use longitudinal data to tailor instruction and inform schoolwide policies and practices.
Teachers and principals are trained to use and interpret specific reports.
The state plays an active role in training educators to use and interpret specific reports.
Pre-service: Data literacy is a requirement for certification/licensure.*
Pre-service: Data literacy training is a requirement for state program approval.*
Data about educators are automatically shared at least annually with educator preparation programs.
Teacher performance data are shared with educator preparation programs.
State Action 10

Promote strategies to raise awareness of available data and ensure that all key stakeholders, including state policymakers, know how to access, analyze, and use the information.

Criteria to meet action 10
In addition to educators, other stakeholders including students, parents, policymakers, and community members need to know what data are available and be able to access, interpret and use data effectively..
The state trains noneducator stakeholders on how to use and interpret data.
The state education agency makes data privacy and security policies public.


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