By Lillian Mongeau As gathering data about student performance becomes a bigger priority in education, schools are faced with different choices on how to capture that data. A slew of tech companies offer a variety of products they’ve developed for schools, but some school districts are creating their own data systems. California-based charter network Aspire … Continue reading Charter School Network Offers Its Own Data System to All Schools →
There’s a lot to unpack about learning analytics — everything from how student data is captured to how it will be used. For all of its promises — and there are many, as evidenced below — the two biggest areas of concern regarding using student data are around issues of privacy, as in who has … Continue reading Understanding Learning Analytics and Student Data →
A new initiative, supported by state education leaders and funded by prominent foundations, plans to provide a place in the cloud for each state to store all data for every student, using "free" open source software. And, in the process, student achievement information will be connected to instructional apps and web resources.
Schools have long dealt with data, tracking students’ personal information, grades, courses, attendance and the like. But for the most part, these records have been scattered across filing systems — electronic and otherwise. Although most states have implemented some sort of system by which to collect and monitor students’ data, these often remain disconnected. Many … Continue reading Standardizing Student Data: How to Make it Relevant →