The flood of data in education has created a problem that many school districts are struggling to manage. Over the last 15 years or so, school districts have taken on a number of new learning applications, data systems and assessment programs all of which are creating an overwhelming amount of data. Add to that, teachers see tremendous value in having a holistic view of their students with access to non-academic data such as attendance, discipline and more. Why? To better understand the full picture of a student to apply interventions, corrections and personalization that will propel student success. But how can all of this massive amount of academic and non-academic data come together in a useful and efficient way? Data interoperability.
Interoperability is broadly defined as the ability of different information technology systems and software applications to both bi-directionally exchange data and enable integration that can power analytics and reporting.
Recently, the Data Quality Campaign completed a research study that showed some startling statistics that supports what teachers have been saying—having integrated and historical data can help teachers and ultimately their students. The Data Quality Campaign is a leading voice on education data policy whose goal is to increase public understanding of the value of education data. Consider their recent findings:
- 86 percent of teachers think that using data is part of being an effective teacher.
- 95 percent of teachers use a combination of academic data (test scores, graduation rates, etc.) and nonacademic data (attendance, classroom behavior, etc.) to help them understand their students’ performance.
- 91 percent say they could identify students who are not on track to be successful if they had access to longitudinal data about students’ attendance history, classroom behavior, courses taken, and grades.
Imagine what the future could look like if teachers and school administrators have the full picture of their students over time, to make data-driven decisions? If your district is looking to improve student outcomes, it is time to start thinking about how better data and interoperability could help.
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