The Center for Digital Education/Government Technology talks with Kristen Amundson about the Spring 2016 issue of The State Education Standard:

“The May issue of The State Education Standard is the scholastic world’s cue to do two things: use data and start whistling a different tune.

Kristen Amundson, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), the organization that publishes the Standard, said data is more important than ever.

“We felt like, right now, with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, it was critical for state board members and other policy makers to understand what it is they need to know about data so that they can make really the best decision to improve student outcomes,” Amundson said. “People say that ESSA is probably the most data-reliant piece of educational legislation that’s ever been passed.”

The 40-page publication contains articles on a variety of data-related topics, like how using digital tools in the classroom can improve teacher efficacy, and how data figures into educational inequality, transparency, privacy and funding. The two biggest issues around data covered by the publication, Amundson said, are privacy and how data can improve performance in the classroom. … ”

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