Arkansas Tops in Education Data

News Release
December 1, 2011
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION LEADS U.S.
IN PROGRESSIVE DATA DEVELOPMENT
LITTLE ROCK — In an analysis released today by the Data Quality Campaign, Arkansas ranks first among the 50 states in taking action toward expanding data development with the goal of improving education policy throughout the state.
“Arkansas leads the nation with nine of 10 state actions and providing cutting-edge, real-time data access and reporting,” according to the Data Quality Campaign, a national, collaborative effort to encourage and support state policy makers to improve the availability and use of high-quality education data to improve student achievement.
The campaign’s survey shows that no state has done more than Arkansas to undertake the campaign’s recommended actions to ensure effective data use. Arkansas is the only state to have taken nine of the 10 recommended actions.
Jim Boardman, the Arkansas Department of Education’s assistant commissioner for research and technology, said he’s excited about the opportunities the ADE’s data library will give state policy makers as they work to expand college and career readiness for all students.
“We’re just now getting to the point where we can use the data we’ve put together to make recommendations on policies,” Boardman said. “We’re going to be able to look at policies and at laws to better assess where we’re being productive and where we need to do better.”
For more information about the Data Quality Campaign and its survey, see http://dataqualitycampaign.org/

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