External Author Name: 
Marisa Goldstein

Since 2005, the Data Quality Campaign has been encouraging states
to beef up (or in some cases, create from scratch) their longitudinal
data systems to conform with a list of ten “Essential Elements.”
These include, for example, a statewide student identifier that tracks
kids, a statewide teacher identifier that tracks teachers, and
student-level enrollment and test data. In this latest update on that
endeavor, we discover that twelve states have managed to master all ten,
while another thirty-five have put in place at least eight. This is
promising in light of the campaign’s original goal (and the states’
respective promises) to put these in place by 2011. But now that states
have these data systems, they need to actually use them, and most aren’t, according to DQC’s complementary ten recommended “State Actions.”
For example, only ten states are actually sharing individual student
data with their teachers, and several states seem to be doing virtually
nothing with the great data they’ve collected. You know what they say:
Use it or lose it. Read an overview of the findings here and find state-by-state data and other materials here.

Quality Data Campaign
January 2010

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