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Data analysis reveals keys to student success

The Hechinger Report – Tara García Mathewson

“Many schools and districts collect even more data than Trilogy has. With the right analysis, teachers and administrators can discover similar correlations between things like student support and course completion. The problem, as Chou sees it, is disagreement over what outcome is most important. At Trilogy, it’s graduation and eventual job placement. But in K-12 schools, educators can choose to focus on student mastery of more than 100 different standards, student performance on a range of assessments, graduation rates, college-going rates, and on and on.” (more)

Data access is easier than ever, but is that a good thing?

E-School News – Eileen Belastock, CETL

“Tactical student data privacy questions like “What can I do right now?” should be asked by all CIOs, teachers, administrators, and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy, and interoperability. In a recent edWebinar, Dr. Larry Fruth, executive director and CEO of the Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, and Jena Draper, founder and general manager at CatchOn, discussed the challenges school districts face with data access and student privacy.” (more)

State of K–12 IT Survey Highlights Cloud Technology and Security [#Infographic]

Ed Tech Magazine – Eli Zimmerman

“Cloud migration and cybersecurity solutions are two important areas for K–12 schools looking to upgrade their IT infrastructure, according to a survey conducted by nonprofit organization Project Tomorrow. Eighty percent of K–12 districts are using cloud-based software to improve everything from classroom collaboration and administrative tasks to phone systems.” (more)

Data Was Supposed to Fix the U.S. Education System. Here’s Why It Hasn’t.

Harvard Business Review – Simon Rodberg

“For too long, the American education system failed too many kids, including far too many poor kids and kids of color, without enough public notice or accountability. To combat this, leaders of all political persuasions championed the use of testing to measure progress and drive better results. Measurement has become so common that in school districts from coast to coast you can now find calendars marked “Data Days,” when teachers are expected to spend time not on teaching, but on analyzing data like end-of-year and mid-year exams, interim assessments, science and social studies and teacher-created and computer-adaptive tests, surveys, attendance and behavior notes. It’s been this way for more than 30 years, and it’s time to try a different approach.” (more)

3 Cybersecurity Threats K–12 Schools Should Prepare for in 2019

Ed Tech Magazine – Juliet Van Wagenen

“K–12 schools faced serious scrutiny in 2018 as security experts found education institutions had the weakest cybersecurity protections out of 17 vulnerable industries. Moreover, while school districts are falling behind on their security plans, the cyber underworld is evolving and consolidating, according to the McAfee Labs 2019 Threats Predictions Report.” (more)