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10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use

January 15, 2014

DQC’s 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use provide a roadmap to state policymakers to help create a culture of using data to increase student achievement. Every state now collects quality data and has enacted policy changes, but they have not yet focused on meeting people’s needs. States must continue to support systems and policies to promote effective data use while expanding their focus to include the people side of the data equation.
Complying with FERPA and Other Federal Privacy and Security Laws and Maximizing Appropriate Data Use

January 15, 2014

In addition to understanding and complying with FERPA, states also have the responsibility to understand and comply with state data privacy and security laws, as well as other federal privacy laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to the extent that data subject to those laws are incorporated in the state educational data system.
Data: The Missing Piece to Improving Student Achievement

January 15, 2014

This fun online resource makes the case for collecting and using data to improve educational outcomes for students.
Recommended Practices to Promote the Safety and Well-Being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth and Youth at Risk of or Living with HIV in Child Welfare Settings

January 15, 2014

In this report, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) provides recommend practices for ensuring safe and proper care consistent with the needs of each and every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) child in the child welfare system. These recommended practices focus on the provision of services to LGBTQ youth in the areas of foster care, child protection, family preservation, adoption and youth development. These practices were designed by CWLA to help meet the needs of this vulnerable group.
Tennessee High School Pushes Students to Exceed Expectations

January 15, 2014

At Covington High School, a 2012 Tennessee SCORE for Schools Winner, students are used to seeing data used to improve themselves and their school. By using data to help teachers make informed decisions in their classrooms, Covington High School increased its college-going rate by 10 percentage points between 2009 and 2010. The school is also using data to help its students make tremendous academic gains in subjects like algebra.
Using Early Warning Data to Keep Students on Track toward College and Careers

January 15, 2014

Early warning systems (EWS) provide educators, administrators, and policymakers with actionable information that they can use to prepare all students to succeed in college and careers. EWS combine multiple data points, translate them into predictive indicators that are based on research, and proactively communicate them to stakeholders, so they can examine which students are or are not on track for postsecondary success and intervene accordingly.