Educational Testing Services (ETS), a nonprofit developer of assessments, and State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), an association for state directors of technology and their staff members, released an informational toolkit of resources that the organizations say will assist educators at the state, district, and school levels to leverage available data to impact teaching and learning. The “ETS Using Data for School Reform” component of the 2006 Leadership Summit Toolkit includes independent research conducted by ETS that supports the need for statewide data systems, which SETDA members can use to make their case to state-level policymakers; a policy recommendation regarding data for the reauthorization of NCLB; and case studies on statewide data systems from five states. The toolkit also includes leadership documents and sample templates that help state-level tech directors explain why statewide data systems are so important to the success of schools today, including opportunities for cost savings, individualized instruction, and consistent reporting methods. The free toolkit, called “Using Data for School Reform,” can be found on the SETDA web site.

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