U.S. education is not effectively leveraging data to increase student performance and close achievement gaps in the same way other sectors have used data to improve work processes, according to a new report from the Center for Data Innovation.

And while many have lamented education’s slow adoption of data-driven practices, there may be a hidden bonus to slow progress.

“The United States now has an opportunity to rebuild its education system to support data-driven education by taking advantage of technologies and best practices already established in other sectors,” noted the report.

Characteristics of a data-driven education system include personalization, evidence-based learning, school efficiency, and continuous innovation.

However, because improved data use has such a huge potential to improve education for all students, educators and administrators have to act quickly and make systemic improvements.

(Next page: 7 steps to the ideal data-use situation in K-12)

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