Report: Arkansas in top two states for student data collection


LITTLE ROCK — A new report gives Arkansas high marks for its system of collecting and using student data.

Data Quality Campaign, a Washington-based group that advocates improved data collection in schools, said in a report released to the public Tuesday that Arkansas is one of only two states, the other being Delaware, to satisfy all 10 of the group’s criteria for ensuring effective data use.

Arkansas satisfied nine of the 10 criteria in 2012 and in 2011.

The group praised Arkansas for linking K-12 data systems with early learning, college, work force and other data systems; creating stable, sustained support for longitudinal data systems, or systems for tracking students’ performance over time; developing governance structures to guide data collection and use; and building state data repositories.

Arkansas also was credited with providing timely access to data while protecting privacy; creating progress reports with student-level data for educators, students and parents; creating reports with longitudinal statistics to guide system-level change; developing a purposeful research agenda; implementing policies and promoting practices to build educators’ capacity to use data; and promoting awareness of available data.

“State leaders increasingly recognize that empowering parents, educators and policymakers with the right data at the right time in the right format better ensures our young people graduate from high school prepared for post-secondary education and careers,” Aimee Rogstad Guidera, executive director of Data Quality Campaign, said in a news release. “We applaud Arkansas and Delaware and know many states will follow in their footsteps.”