A report released Thursday by Washington-based Data Quality Campaign shows Kentucky has made progress in using data to improve student achievement.
The “Data For Action 2012” report touts Kentucky as a leader for its longitudinal data system, which refers to data that can be tracked from kindergarten to career.
Kentucky’s P-20 Data Collaborative—a joint effort by the Kentucky Department of Education and the state’s Council on Post-Secondary Education—provides high school feedback reports, which executive director of Data Quality Campaign Aimee Guidera says gives good feedback to the community regarding where students go after high school, said.
Kentucky meets six of 10 categories DQC uses to determine effective use of data to improve student achievement. Last year, the commonwealth met two.
What Guidara said Kentucky needs to improve upon is educating teachers and principals on how to use the data that’s available.
“It’s really not only about making sure they have the technical skills to know how to access and use this data, but in addition its making sure we’re creating conditions and building a culture that really supports and nurtures the use of data,” she said.
The report further shows Kentucky has done well at providing parents access to student-level data.