The challenge of Educational Data Systems

September 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Interesting that creating the Educational Data Systems needed for Race to the Top Reforms are a subset of the Department of Education Grand Challenges mentioned a while back.  Not exactly computing education, but a place where computer scientists have the right skills to help with education reform.

Yet several key reforms in winning states hinge on the effectiveness of those data systems, and judges and outside experts worry states could face some heavy lifting to ensure their data systems keep up with their policy plans.

“There is a heavy data component” in Race to the Top, or RTT, reforms, said Alex M. Jackl, the director of information systems for the Washington-based Council of Chief State School Officers. “There’s hope for some real progress to be made, but there are some challenges and some real risks we’re just going to flush that money down the toilet. Most of the winning states call for a fairly major rewrite or upgrade of their data systems, and most of those states’ systems are not ready for the level of detail required of their data.”

via Education Week: Race to Top Winners Face Data System Challenges.

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