Education, technology groups collaborate to leverage student data

From staff and wire reports
October 18th, 2011

A partnership will help schools turn data into student achievement.

A new collaboration among three prominent education and technology groups will aim to help schools meet growing demands to leverage student data to boost achievement while highlighting best practices nationwide.

The American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and Gartner Inc., a global information technology research and advisory company, are collaborating to support schools as they move forward in implementing these new systems and practices.

“This is a collaboration that will provide assistance to educators on the front lines,” said AASA Executive Director (and eSchool News contributor) Daniel A. Domenech. “It does no good to talk about data-driven decisions if schools do not have the means to collect reliable data. CoSN and Gartner can provide teachers and administrators [with] tools that are critical to making gains in individual classrooms.”

For more on using data to improve achievement, click here.

The AASA-CoSN-Gartner collaboration, called “Closing the Gap: Turning SIS/LMS into Action,” intends to:

  • Provide schools and school districts with up-to-date information on current student information systems and learning management systems software packages and their capabilities to improve teaching and learning in the classroom.
  • Seek out and disseminate best practices in the selection and implementation of these systems among school districts across the country.
  • Support schools and school districts as they adopt new practices and use the new tools.

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2 Responses to “Education, technology groups collaborate to leverage student data”

October 24, 2011

This exciting collaborative’s mission has the potential to make a very useful contribution. Most of us, who have been toiling in this space to create better data-intensive solutions to inform administration, teaching and learning, applaud their good intentions. As this effort evolves, it is my sincere hope that the founding partners consider the following:

1. The value of adding additional strategic partners who can contribute to meeting or exceeding the goals of the project, in new and innovative ways.
2. The solution providers/vendors represent a fragmented mix of organizations and complex capabilities/technologies where bigger does not always mean better.
3. Old fashioned business politics and greed can be easily disguised by cartels hellbent on protecting their selfish interests rather than making healthy change for the common good.
4. Products like Student Information Systems (SIS) have evolved from automated, utilitarian applications to transformative, intelligent information systems that serve students, teachers, administration/staff, parents and governing authorities.

The $500 billion dollar, K-12 industrial complex is one of the largest business markets. This makes it an attractive space to invest in “best of breed” competitive solutions. And this also makes it a magnate for money-mongers and charlatans. At the onset, this core group of quality partners must put appropriate checks and balances in place to insure a level playing field for all types of K-12 learning environments and a broad base of for-profit and non-profit solutions providers.