---Delaware one of only four states with all recommendations in place---
(Dover, DE.) Earlier today at the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) Annual Policy Forum in Columbus, Ohio, the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) released a progress report showing states’ successes in building longitudinal data systems. Over the past two years, the DQC, a national partnership to improve the quality, accessibility and use of data in education, has highlighted the power of developing and using longitudinal data systems to improve student achievement.
Longitudinal data is data gathered on each individual student from year to year which makes it possible to follow individual student academic growth, determine the value-added of specific programs, and identify consistently high-performing schools and systems.In today’s report, Delaware was listed as one of only four states, including Arizona, Florida and Utah, who have in place all ten essential elements recommended by DQC of a quality longitudinal data system. Those ten elements are:
- A unique statewide student identifier that connects student data across key databases across years.
- Student-level enrollment, demographic and program participation information.
- The ability to match individual students’ test records from year to year to measure academic growth.
- Information on untested students and the reasons they were not tested.
- A teacher identification system with the ability to match teachers to students.
- Student-level transcript information, including information on courses completed and grades earned.
- Student-level college readiness test scores.
- Student-level graduation and dropout data.
- The ability to match student records between the P–12 and postsecondary systems.
- A state audit system assessing data quality, validity and reliability.
The Data Quality Campaign is a national, collaborative effort to encourage and support state policymakers to improve the collection, availability and use of high-quality education data and to implement state longitudinal data systems to improve student achievement. The campaign provides tools and resources that assist state development of quality longitudinal data systems, while providing a national forum for reducing duplication of effort and promoting greater coordination and consensus among the organizations focusing on improving data quality, access and use.
For more information on the Data Quality Campaign, its tools and resources, and the 2007 survey results, visit http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/
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