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Early Childhood Data Governance in Action! An Introduction

May 20, 2017 | National Center for Education Statistics

Early Childhood Data Governance in Action! An Introduction

Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems (ECIDS) allow agencies and programs to efficiently collect and use robust information about state and local early childhood programs, workforce, and child outcomes. Data governance provides a means to establish a common vision for early childhood data use in the state, with key policy and program decisions supporting that vision. […]

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SLDS Brief – P-20W Data Governance Challenge

May 20, 2017 | National Center for Education Statistics

SLDS Brief – P-20W Data Governance Challenge

In general, data governance refers to the overall management of the availability, usability, integrity, quality, and security of data. It is both an organizational process and a structure. Data governance establishes responsibility for data, organizing program area/agency staff to collaboratively and continuously improve data quality through the systematic creation and enforcement of policies, roles, responsibilities, […]

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SLDS Issue Brief – Considerations for Collecting New Data Elements

May 20, 2017 | National Center for Education Statistics

SLDS Issue Brief – Considerations for Collecting New Data Elements

This brief provides a checklist of important steps and considerations for teams to address when adding and using new data in their data systems. The considerations are presented in the context of collecting data elements that have not been collected in the past, although many of these steps can also be applied to revising existing […]

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Crisis Data Management: A Forum Guide to Collecting and Managing Data about Displaced Students

May 15, 2017 | National Forum on Education Statistics

Crisis Data Management: A Forum Guide to Collecting and Managing Data about Displaced Students

While this guide’s primary audience is Student Information Systems (SIS) data managers, many of the recommendations will also be useful to other staff members responsible for collecting, maintaining, and safeguarding data in education organizations. Members of the organization’s disaster recovery team should become familiar with this document as well.

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Forum Guide to Metadata

May 15, 2017 | National Center for Education Statistics

Forum Guide to Metadata

The purpose of this guide is to empower people to more effectively use data as information. To accomplish this, the publication explains what metadata are; why metadata are critical to the development of sound education data systems; what components comprise a metadata system; what value metadata bring to data management and use; and how to […]

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Model: Data Governance Manual Rubric

May 14, 2017 | Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems State Support Team

Model: Data Governance Manual Rubric

The purpose of this rubric is to (1) assess the existence and completeness of key components of a data governance manual, and (2) identify areas and recommendations for further development. The rubric may be used as a self-assessment, or by a third party.

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2004 Forum Guide to Protecting the Privacy of Student Information: State and Local Education Agencies

May 14, 2017 | National Forum on Education Statistics

2004 Forum Guide to Protecting the Privacy of Student Information: State and Local Education Agencies

The primary purpose of this document is to help state and local education agencies and schools develop adequate policies and procedures to protect information about students and their families from improper release, while satisfying the need for school officials to make sound management, instructional, and service decisions. The document was developed under the direction of […]

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Attributes of Effective Data Products Checklist

May 14, 2017 | Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems State Support Team

Attributes of Effective Data Products Checklist

Effective data products—such as reports, dashboards, and data visualizations—provide appropriate, actionable information in useful ways that are designed to meet the needs of their intended users. This checklist describes several key characteristics of effective data products.

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Strategies for Handling ‘Opt-Out’

May 12, 2017 | National Center for Education Statistics

Strategies for Handling ‘Opt-Out’

In response to data security concerns, many states are considering ways to allow individuals to remove their personal information from certain statewide data collections or data products. Such “opt out” measures were included in 81 state student-privacy bills in 2015, 13 of which were signed into law. Additionally, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy […]

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