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The Forum Guide to Data Ethics Online Course

May 21, 2017 | Amelia Vance

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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May 21, 2017 | National Academy of Education

Implications of Privacy Concerns for Using Student Data for Research: Panel Summary (Balancing the Benefits of Education Research and Student Privacy)

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 | Ferpa Sherpa

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 | Ferpa Sherpa

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 | Ferpa Sherpa

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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REL Midwest Reference Desk Collecting Data to Improve Classroom Management

May 21, 2017 | Ferpa Sherpa

REL Midwest Reference Desk 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 | Ferpa Sherpa

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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