California Decides Not To Participate In Data Surve

EdSource Today (11/20, Fensterweld) reports that California has declined to participate in Data Quality Campaign’s yearly survey, which seeks to track states’ progress in 10 actions “deemed essential to help parents, teachers and policymakers make informed decisions to improve student achievement.” California is the only state to decline this year. Patricia de Cos, deputy executive director of the State Board of Education, “indicated that the data survey was not a priority,” noting that California’s “new system for funding schools requires an accountability plan and focuses on eight priority areas for improving student outcomes.” California does have a data collection system, CALPADS, but it “has lagged behind other states in integrating the data and then providing it in useful forms.” Easy access to data helps school districts “tell how graduates do after they graduate,” and can be used to help prevent drop-outs.