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New Education Law Opens Door to Education Data

The new federal education law allows states and school districts to press the reset button on an array of education policies, and some advocates are urging policymakers and education officials to take advantage of the opportunity to effectively use student data to improve learning and teaching.

To be sure, every state in the country has a longitudinal data system that contains information on students in preschool through college. But other than simply collecting it, not every state uses that data in meaningful ways, and to do so is to wade into one of the most contentious education debates around – one that pits supporters against those worried about protecting student privacy.