Education data systems only work when they provide information that students, parents, teachers, school leaders, and trusted school partners need to support student success. Data collected over time and across systems can be used to create tools and generate feedback to ensure those working closest to students have the information they need at the right time.
These tools and feedback are vital to creating a culture of continuous improvement in schools. High school feedback reports provide educators and school leaders with information on how a class of high school graduates fares in post secondary information that can inform improvements to lesson plans and courses to better prepare future students for college.
Early warning systems help educators identify students who are at risk of dropping out and need individual support from educators. Connections to data from other agencies that serve students, such as child welfare systems, help schools and educators better support students most in need of extra assistance by identifying their needs outside of the classroom.
Without these linkages across states and systems, critical decision makers in students lives do not have the information they need to best support those students. Securely linking key data systems (like early childhood, postsecondary, and the workforce) and linking data across sectors (like education, health, and child welfare), can help families, educators, schools leaders, and policymakers know what programs and policies work and how to best allocate resources.