The quality of K-12 information systems (CALPADS and CALTIDES) is vital, and the state cannot hope to close the achievement gap or move forward with any meaningful, comprehensive, and data-driven educational reform without a robust information system and the resources to maintain the quality of that system.
Data can help inform instruction and intervention, as well as address the drop-out crisis. Better data systems could help us improve articulation between the pre-K, K-12, and higher education segments and could help us identify potential cost savings. Better information could also improve resource and policy decisions at both the state and local level. We need timely and comprehensive information to understand student, teacher and program success.
The Leadership Group supports the McKinsey & Company findings concerning the state’s K-12 education data needs, including:
- The development of best practice sharing and the need to support training for practitioners and districts;
- The need to link the K-12 data system to other systems, including pre-K, higher education, workforce and social services; and
- The need to support local districts to ensure they have the capacity to collect, maintain and submit student-level data.
A reliable and accurate K-12 student information system cannot happen without appropriate levels of investment. While the state must make investments in longitudinal data systems there are also opportunities to draw down federal funds. The Leadership Group supports the state’s efforts to secure these federal funds to support the implementation of a high quality K-12 data systems.