Please, Show Them the Data!
December 8, 2016

Last week, the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) released Show Me the Data, an analysis of what they could—and could not—find in data report cards from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. This week, advocates from PIE Network member organizations around the country participated in a webinar with the DQC team (click here or see below for the full recording) to explore the analysis more deeply and, in particular, grapple with how to engage key stakeholders to improve data quality and accessibility.

Key points from the discussion include:

  • Report cards are confusing and frustrating. States are not communicating data effectively with the public, nor are they recognizing this as a problem.
  • A lack of transparency breeds mistrust between families and the education system serving their children.
  • State leaders have a significant opportunity under ESSA to create report cards that actually meet communities’ information needs. (It’s important to note, however, that only four state report cards have all the student performance information initially required under No Child Left Behind).
  • There are “bright spots,” where states are providing good examples of what advocates can push for in working toward better reporting.
  • There is a huge opportunity for the advocacy community to push on improvements to state data reporting. This will require leadership from local stakeholders, including policymakers, community leaders, and families.

Below are links to the webinar recording, as well as the DQC analysis and accompanying resources to help advocates put it into action:

Please be in touch to learn more or connect with colleagues working on data-related issues.

Sarah Grunewald

Sarah is PIE Network's Deputy Executive Director, Program Strategy

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