Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:48am
A recent Reuters story described a new national database of student information. Reportedly built at a cost of $100 million, and backed by prestigious non-profits such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, the aim of the project is to build a standardized database of information on all students in the country, grades K through 12.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 3:59pm
A $100 million database has been built to chart the academic paths of public school students from kindergarten through high school. In operation just three months, the database already holds files on millions of children identified by name, address, and sometimes social security number. Learning disabilities are documented, test scores recorded, attendance noted. In some cases, the database tracks student hobbies, career goals, attitudes toward school - even homework completion.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 10:43am
Though states are making progress in supporting effective school data use, they must do more to ensure that stakeholders like teachers and parents can easily access information, according to the annual state analysis report, “Data for Action 2012,” released by the Data Quality Campaign, a nonprofit that advocates school data access for all stakeholders.
Submitted by Kylie Lacey on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 2:00pm
Another four school districts “scrubbed” students from their rolls and might have been awarded higher state report-card ratings than they deserved, says a state audit released this afternoon.
Canton, Cincinnati, Northridge schools in Montgomery County and Winton Woods schools in Hamilton County are the additional districts found to have systemically withdrawn then re-enrolled students who had never actually left, a process called “scrubbing.”
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 4:28pm
Superstorm Sandy swept the East Coast in late October, leaving not only residents and businesses without power and struggling to stay afloat, but thousands of schools in the region without power as well. It reminded administrators of the need for comprehensive emergency plans to ensure student, staff, and data security.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 5:58pm
In this web seminar, decision makers at Miami-Dade County Public Schools relate how they use GuideK12 to analyze enrollment dispersion, student performance, student migration, and much more.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:59am
Grappling with decreased local and state revenue and new, more rigorous learning standards for math and English language arts, Illinois school districts are seeking innovative ways to increase their efficiency as they strive to improve student performance. One system that is making it easier to meet rigorous requirements while saving time for school and district staff is Performance Matters, a web-based solution that provides an integrated platform for student assessment, data management and teacher effectiveness.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 3:53pm
CIO Deb Karcher discusses how the district is using a new technology called geovisual analytics to enhance enrollment management and inform the most crucial district decisions.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 7:46pm
For months, the Nevada Policy Research Institute has publicly questioned the Clark County School District's ballot initiative to raise property taxes for school renovations.