Oklahoma is poised to improve how it tracks students, national group says
Although Oklahoma received low marks in a recent survey, a national education advocacy group says the state is poised to make progress in how it tracks its students' progress.
The Data Quality Campaign, a nonprofit group that advocates for the effective use of data in education policy, last week released its annual breakdown of how each state tracks public school students. Oklahoma scored poorly in the report, although it did make progress over last year's performance.
The report focuses specifically on the use of longitudinal data — a type of data that tracks how students perform throughout their years in school, rather than looking only at a single semester or academic year.
The group lays out 10 criteria it hopes to see states meet, including creating systems that allow teachers and parents quick access to information and creating progress reports using individual student data.
In the 2012 report, Oklahoma meets only one of the established criteria — creating a governance structure that guides the collection and use of education data.
In the previous report, the state met none of the established criteria.
Although those results may be discouraging, Oklahoma is poised to make greater progress in the next few years, said Aimee Guidera, the campaign's executive director.
During a conference call with national media, Guidera singled Oklahoma out as a state that had begun a conversation about making effective use of data.