Policymakers Archive

Data-Driven Improvement and Accountability

May 21, 2017 | National Education Policy Center

Data-Driven Improvement and Accountability

The drive to enhance learning outcomes has assumed increasing salience over the last three decades. These outcomes include both high levels of tested achievement for all students and eliminating gaps in achievement among different sub-populations (raising the bar and closing the gap). This policy brief examines policies and practices concerning the use of data to […]

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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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Lessons Learned from Education Stakeholders: Panel Summary

May 21, 2017 | National Academy of Education

Lessons Learned from Education Stakeholders: Panel Summary

This panel summary from the Workshop on Big Data in Education: Balancing the Benefits of Educational Research and Student Privacy focused on articulating the tensions between the potential for research using big data and the privacy of people whose information make up data sets. The discussions surfaced several major themes; while these themes were not […]

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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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Comparing United States, South African and European Union approaches to protecting children online

May 21, 2017 | New Media and Society

Comparing United States, South African and European Union approaches to protecting children online

That children have a right to protection when they go online is an internationally well-established principle, upheld in laws that seek to safeguard children from online abuse and exploitation. However, children’s own transgressive behavior can test the boundaries of this protection regime, creating new dilemmas for lawmakers the world over. This article examines the policy […]

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Confidentiality in Student Disciplinary Records under FERPA and the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act

May 21, 2017 | Emory Law Journal

Confidentiality in Student Disciplinary Records under FERPA and the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act

This article, Please Don’t Tell: The Question of Confidentiality in Student Disciplinary Records under FERPA and the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, argues that a university’s unique role and influence on student development depends upon internal disciplinary processes receiving FERPA protection. This article also argues that protecting a student’s privacy will not result in […]

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The Limits of Education Purpose Limitations

May 21, 2017 | University of Miami Law Review

The Limits of Education Purpose Limitations

This article examines technologies’ impact on the student privacy protections with a focus on education purpose limitations, and contends that that reliance on education purpose limitations does not account for the potentially problematic consequences and ethical considerations raised by data use by schools and their approved agents for “educational purposes.”

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