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Parents and Teachers Want More Accessible Student Data, Suggests New Poll

The just released 2019 Data Quality Campaign (DQC) National Poll reports that those closest to students—parents and teachers—are eager for leaders to take actions that reflect a bold vision of data use to improve student outcomes in K–12 and beyond. The findings, released on September 10, show that 90% of parents say they need data to understand their child’s progress and help them do their best. Of the teachers who were polled, 86% believe using data is an important part of being an effective teacher.


In the brief, Parents are Ready for the Next Generation of Education Data, data show that parents believe student journeys don’t end with K–12. Parents seethe value of sharing information with agencies supporting their children within and outside of K–12. Seventy-one percent of parents agree that different public agencies, such as education, health, housing, and child welfare, should securely share information with each other about children and their families to improve services and the allocation of resources.

The DQC teacher brief, Teachers Want to Use Data   BUT CAN’T GO IT  ALONE, reveals that 81% of teachers are using personal time to apply student data to their lesson plans and teaching practices, while only 51% agree their principal or assistant principal ensures teachers have the time they need to use data effectively. The findings indicate that policymakers and school leaders are missing critical moments throughout a teacher’s career to ensure that teachers have the skills they need to use data to improve their practice and student outcomes.

For more details and to access the full DQC report, visit dataqualitycampaign.org.

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Katrina Norfleet

Content Strategist, AACTE