Report: More schools collecting, using student data

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Along the way, questions about student privacy and other concerns are mounting.

Among the report’s findings:

  • Teachers this year can access information about their students through secure state web sites or portals in 35 states, an increase from 28 states in 2011. Teachers can view multiple years’ worth of information about individual students, including courses taken and attendance.
  • In 17 states, teacher training programs can tap into information about how their graduates are performing in the classroom, up from six states in 2011. The data show how students in those teachers’ classrooms perform on standardized tests.
  • Parents in 14 states can access electronic data about their children.
  • Thirty-one states use data to identify the students most at risk of academic failure or dropping out, up from 18 in 2011.
  • Forty-five states have policies requiring the maintenance or use of school data systems, up from 36 in 2011.

The survey of state programs was taken in the summer and includes results from the District of Columbia and every state except California, which declined to participate.

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