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National Report Says Kentucky Uses Education Data Well


Kentucky has again received high marks for  its collection and use  of education data to improve student outcomes.

The annual Data for Action 2013 report was released this week and it showed Kentucky met all but one action that ensures the most effective use of data, according to Data Quality Campaign.The one action Kentucky did not meet: "Teachers and principals are trained to use longitudinal data to tailor instruction and inform school-wide policies and practices."Last year, Kentucky had implemented only six of the actions. There areas where the state improved include the following:

  • K–12 and workforce data are annually matched and shared with a known match rate
  • The state is transparent about who is authorized to access specific data and for what purposes.
  • The state education agency makes data privacy and security policies public.

Last December, Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order creating the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, which officials said solidifies the commitment to data gathering across various education-related agencies.Here are the 10 actions states can implement to earn a perfect score:

  • Link state K–12 data systems with early learning, postsecondary, workforce, and other critical state agency data systems.
  • Create stable, sustainable support for longitudinal data systems.
  • Develop governance structures to guide data collection and use.
  • Build state data repositories.
  • Provide timely, role-based access to data while protecting privacy.
  • Create progress reports with student-level data for educators, students, and parents.
  • Create reports with longitudinal statistics to guide system-level change.
  • Develop a purposeful research agenda.
  • Implement policies and promote practices to build educators’ capacity to use data.
  • Promote strategies to raise awareness of available data.