Five Questions to Ask: Data & Accountability

  1. What data do your state and school districts collect?

  2. What do your state and school districts do with their data? Do they collect the data and warehouse them?

  3. What mechanisms are in place for states and school districts to share the data with schools, principals and teachers?

  4. What kind of training are your school districts offering school administrators and teachers in using the data?  The limited amount of research on data use shows that if teachers and administrators don’t receive training on how to use data, they won’t use it consistently.

  5. How transparent is the state’s data system? Journalists should be able to request student-level data as long as students are not easily identifiable.