Statement from Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, on the Data Quality Campaign’s “The Next Step” Report
Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, reacted today to the release of the Data Quality Campaign’s new report, The Next Step: Using Longitudinal Data Systems to Improve Student Success.
“If I’d gone to a tarot card reader three years ago and she told me that I would be passionate about longitudinal data systems, I would have demanded my money back. But today I can say that I am because good data and the technology to develop it are crucial to any kind of reform.
“As a founding and managing partner of the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), the Alliance for Excellent Education is proud of the work that the DQC has accomplished over the last three years. Thanks to the DQC, policymakers understand the importance of building high quality data systems, the essential elements that effective systems should contain, and the value in collecting data on student and teacher performance.
“Now it’s time for education leaders and policymakers to link investments with reform and move forward from building data systems and collecting data to successfully using them to drive improvements in student performance. Thus far, however, too few states have taken the necessary steps to ensure that they can use the information that their data systems produce to improve student outcomes.
“Fortunately, we face a unique set of conditions that should allow us to collectively advance this agenda. First, as evidenced by the enormous participation in the DQC’s Day of Data event on March 10, there is consensus around the importance of an action agenda to build capacity to use data. Second, there is commitment from the highest levels of leadership. President Obama, Secretary Duncan, and leaders in Congress have all made clear the value they place on a data-driven education reform agenda and their intention to improve the use of data. Lastly, there is significant opportunity: the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $250 million for data systems and the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is likely to be characterized by the use of data.
“The Alliance for Excellent Education looks forward to working with federal, state, and local leaders, as well as its colleagues in the DQC to ensure these policies and their implementation lead to the increased use of data to help every child receive the knowledge and skills to succeed in today’s global economy.”
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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.
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