Policymakers Archive

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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Ethical use of Student Data for Learning Analytics Policy

May 21, 2017 | The Open University

Ethical use of Student Data for Learning Analytics Policy

This policy aims to set out how the University will use student data in an ethical way in order to shape the student support provided.  The policy is based around eight key principles, each of which is linked to particular aspects of learning analytics.

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Implications of Privacy Concerns for Using Student Data for Research

May 21, 2017 | National Academy of Education

Implications of Privacy Concerns for Using Student Data for Research

The concluding panel of the National Academy of Education (NAEd) workshop on student privacy in education research made an effort to summarize the complex perspectives and issues presented, and to provide overall recommendations to the NAEd for next steps. Panel members’ comments reflected their backgrounds in education research, software design, working with data in large […]

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Educator Data Use Journal Articles

May 21, 2017 | The Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies

Educator Data Use Journal Articles

The Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies is a national peer-reviewed publication that seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the consideration of meaningful educational research initiatives and policy analyses. This issue has the following articles: Building Educators’ Data Literacy: Differing Perspectives Defining Data Literacy: A Report on a Convening of Experts Leading Data […]

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How State and Local Policies Address Data-Informed Practice

May 21, 2017 | Educational Policy

How State and Local Policies Address Data-Informed Practice

Numerous actors influence how educational policies play out in practice, but this does not mean that policies themselves are without power. Policies are crafted and enacted in part because they serve as signal and symbol: How a policy is formally codified establishes expectations, exerts norming influence, and catalyzes shifts in how issues are framed. But […]

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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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Professional Learning for Using Data: Examining Teacher Needs & Supports

May 21, 2017 | Teachers College Record

Professional Learning for Using Data: Examining Teacher Needs & Supports

In the last few decades, a focus on school accountability at the state and federal levels has created expectations for teachers to attend to data in increasingly structured ways. Although professional learning is often cited as an important facilitator of effective data use, research that focuses on the intersection of professional learning and data use […]

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