Use of Data by School Districts

A good article regarding the evolving use of data by school districts.  A quote:

Now, the bulk of student data is housed in a consolidated student-information system that teachers can use to create assessments, score them, and get the results analyzed immediately, giving them the power to adjust their teaching based on what they’re seeing and analyzing in real time. Gone are the days of waiting weeks, or even months, to get data about student academic performance.

“It’s had a huge impact,” said Dan Grossnicklaus, the student-information-systems manager for the 11,000-student district. “In the past, the results were more like an autopsy—not much you can do after the fact. Now there can be an intervention before a student leaves the class.”

This further shows the importance of data in education, and why Tribes and TEDs need to have streamlined access to that data to support their students.  FERPA was recently amended, but it still generally does not allow Tribes and TEDs to access data without a prior consent form.

News Release from BIA on Gov. Shutdown

BIA has issued a News Release regarding the government shutdown.  BIA and BIE has indicated that limited services will be provided during the shutdown.  With regard to education, the News Release states:

Funding for school operations is forward funded; therefore, Bureau of Indian Education activities will continue during the lapse in operations. All BIE funded schools, including Haskell Indian Nations University and Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, will remain open; BIE will maintain staff required to provide a safe and secure environment for students; transportation and maintenance of schools will continue; tribally-contracted school operations are forward funded and will remain open. The BIE provides education services to approximately 41,000 Indian students through 183 schools and dormitories and provides funding to 31 colleges, universities and post-secondary school.

Additional information on Indian Affairs’ contingency plan for operations during the government shutdown can be found at: http://www.doi.gov/shutdown.

Dep’t of Education Contingency Plan

The Department of Education, along with other agencies, has developed a contingency plan in the event of a government shutdown.  The plan can be seen here.  The other agency contingency plans, including BIA and BIE, can be seen here.

A quote from the Department of Education’s plan:

As set forth in this plan, the Department would furlough over 90 percent of its total staff level for the first week of such a lapse. During this first week, we would maintain only those excepted functions related to the discharge of the duties of Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed individuals;those employees charged with the protection of life and property; and, as appropriate, the obligation, payment, and support of student financial aid as well as other authorized payments and obligations.

A prior post on this issue can be seen here.  Another ED Week article on the issue can be seen here.