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The Forum Guide to Data Ethics Online Course

May 21, 2017 | National Forum on Education Statistics

The Forum Guide to Data Ethics Online Course

While laws set the legal parameters that govern data use, ethics establish the fundamental principles of “right and wrong” that are critical to the appropriate management and use of education data in the technology age. This online course is based on The Forum Guide to Data Ethics and is focused on how ethical principles apply […]

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How Can Teachers and Schools Use Data Effectively?

May 21, 2017 | National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

How Can Teachers and Schools Use Data Effectively?

Over the past decade, educational policymakers have consistently called for data use. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, with its emphasis on annual progress in students’ achievement scores and quantitative evidence for school decisions, included a mandate for so-called “data-driven decision making.” More recently, the Obama administration designated building data systems that […]

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Teachers’ Ability to Use Data to Inform Instruction: Challenges and Supports

May 21, 2017 | US Department of Education

Teachers’ Ability to Use Data to Inform Instruction: Challenges and Supports

Part I of this report describes the responses that 50 individual teachers and 72 small groups gave to the data scenario questions. The teachers interviewed are not a nationally representative sample, but they do provide a detailed initial look at how these particular teachers think about student data in schools that were thought to be […]

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Collecting Data to Improve Classroom Management

May 21, 2017 | Midwest Regional Education Laboratory

Collecting Data to Improve Classroom Management

REL Midwest received a request for information on the effectiveness of collecting and tracking data to improve classroom management. Following an established REL Midwest research protocol, we conducted a search for research reports as well as descriptive and policy-oriented briefs and articles on the effectiveness of collecting and tracking data to improve classroom management. We […]

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Privacy & Student Data: Companion Learning Tools

May 21, 2017 | Berkman Klein Center

Privacy & Student Data: Companion Learning Tools

We have compiled these materials to explain and clarify three key federal student privacy laws and their impact on ed tech adoption and use, so that you can create meaningful learning experiences with core faculty and staff constituencies. The laws are the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act or “FERPA” (20 U.S.C. § 1232g), the […]

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A Conceptual Framework for Data-Driven Decision Making

May 21, 2017 | Mathematica Policy Research

A Conceptual Framework for Data-Driven Decision Making

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has funded four initiatives promoting strategic use of data at the state and district levels (see appendix), requested that Mathematica Policy Research develop a conceptual framework for data – driven decision making (DDDM) based upon knowledge generated from Mathematica’s evaluation of the strategic data use initiatives and from […]

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How leaders can support teachers with data-driven decision making

May 21, 2017 | Educational ManagementAdministration & Leadership

How leaders can support teachers with data-driven decision making

As accountability systems have increased demands for evidence of student learning, the use of data in education has become more prevalent in many countries. Although school and administrative leaders are recognizing the need to provide support to teachers on how to interpret and respond to data, there is little theoretically sound research on data-driven decision […]

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Safe Schools, Information Sharing & FERPA

May 21, 2017 | Pepperdine University

Safe Schools, Information Sharing & FERPA

This resource offers a guide to when information may be used in a way consistent with FERPA, and offers different hypothetical scenarios to illustrate what releases are permitted.

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FOIA vs. FERPA/Scalia vs. Posner

May 21, 2017 | Southern Illinois University Law Journal

FOIA vs. FERPA/Scalia vs. Posner

This article examines how authorities under the Freedom of Information Act relate to FERPA. Login required.

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FERPA and Access to Public Records

May 21, 2017 | Student Press Law Center

FERPA and Access to Public Records

This white paper outlines myths and facts with respect to the media’s access to student data and other public records under FERPA.

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