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Vol. 46, No. 81
November 16, 2012

National Report Shows Missouri's Progress on Education Data System

Information essential to improving student achievement

Missouri continues to make progress on developing an education data system that provides school districts throughout the state with information that can help boost student achievement, according to a national report released yesterday.

The Data for Action 2012 report looks at the work in all 50 states to establish a system for collecting and using data to increase student performance. Missouri met 16 of the 20 criteria used to analyze the states' data systems.

The criteria provide a roadmap for establishing effective data systems, which include the ability to collect quality data and link state K-12 education data systems with early learning, postsecondary, workforce and other state agency data systems. The report, issued by the Data Quality Campaign, is the eighth annual survey and analysis of state data systems.

“Our statewide data system is an important tool in our work to improve public education in Missouri," said Leigh Ann Grant-Engle, assistant commissioner for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. "This year's report reflects our continuing efforts to collect and provide the data necessary to support a quality education system."

In 2009, every state in the nation committed to building longitudinal data systems that contain 10 essential elements and 10 state actions to ensure effective data use. A longitudinal system can connect education data – from preschool through college (P-20) – with workforce and economic data.

"Connecting education data with workforce and economic data is essential to preparing students in Missouri for the quickly changing world and workplace," Grant-Engle said.

The Data for Action Report notes Missouri's use of data to help schools provide the knowledge and skills students need to be successful in college, other postsecondary training and careers. Through its data system, Missouri can produce reports that provide feedback to schools about the academic achievement of students and college completion rates.

The data system allows the separate systems maintained by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education to connect information for reports and analysis by state policymakers.

The Data Quality Campaign is a national collaborative based in Washington, D.C., that encourages state education officials and policymakers to improve the availability and use of high-quality education data.

For more information about the Data Quality Campaign's analysis of Missouri's data system, visit www.dataqualitycampaign.org/stateanalysis/states/MO/.