Everyone can agree that data collection is a tool that serves states’ students, educators, and policymakers. But depending on where they sit, some see student data collection as a hammer and others see it as a flashlight. This issue of the The State Education Standard looks at how states can leverage “the power of data” in education while fulfilling the obligation to protect student privacy.

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What Data Can Do: A Teacher’s View of Digital Tools for Formative Assessment
Digital devices and applications offer the best way for savvy teachers to gauge student learning and adjust instruction.
By Kerry Gallagher

Georgia’s Balancing Act: Using, Protecting, and Legislating Student Data
The state navigates through stormy legislative sessions to arrive at a sound framework for managing its education data.
By Dana Rickman

Aligning the K-12 Academic Journey with a Postsecondary Destination
Good data will be central to whatever course states choose in addressing gaps in achievement and disparities in assignment to special education.
By Brenda Shum

The Federal Role in Student Data Privacy
Two experts, two perspectives.
By Khaliah Barnes & Paige Kowalski

Student Data Privacy: Going Beyond Compliance
Addressing parents’ fears that student data will be abused requires states to shift toward proactive management of education records.
By Elana Zeide

Data Privacy Laws Follow Lead of Oklahoma and California
States pass student data privacy laws that echo provisions first laid down in two states.
By Amelia Vance

Learning from Student Data
There are good ways to address parental concerns about student data. Opting out of data collection is not one of them.
By Kobie Pruitt

The NASBE Interview: Aimee Guidera