Arlington, VA— The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) welcomes the findings and conclusions in the new survey released today by the Data Quality Campaign (DQC). The DQC report is an honest assessment of the progress that has been made in promoting data-based decision making, while outlining areas for improvement. NASBE looks forward to working with educators and policymakers on ways to implement the recommendations in Data Action for 2010 and continuing the progress that has been made in putting data to work for education.

In its report, the DQC compliments states for collecting more and better long-term data than previously, and calls for a broad effort to ensure the information is used adequately and appropriately. In addition, the report advocates link data across the P-20/workforce education pipeline in every state, and that the data are accessible to all stakeholders–including parents and teachers–to promote lasting and continual improvement in educator effectiveness and student achievement. Further, the report urges states to implement training for educators and parents on how to use the data available.

“In this era of accountability and research-based improvements in education, the need for longitudinal data is critical to the development and implementation of effective policy,” said NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn. “The increased collection of data in the states is impressive, but this is only half of the story. It is imperative that we work together to apply these findings to the issues educators face in the classroom and policymakers confront in the boardroom.”