Right to Know Coalition releases ratings for state K-12 education data
A new report card from the Right to Know Coalition finds that it’s not easy to see how Colorado kids are doing when it comes to academic performance. Though the report card praises the efforts taken by the state to protect individual student privacy, it highlights the need for sharing outcomes and academic performance data for different groups of students.
Viewing data on student performance has not always been this challenging. In the last few years the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has taken extraordinary measures to ensure student information is not compromised. These measures have come at a cost to students, families and communities, who often rely on the information to advocate for themselves and their schools.
For many schools, it is now difficult to access data disaggregated by income, race/ethnicity, learning needs or English language learner status. This makes it difficult to promote a culture of continuous improvement and learning that can be supported by advocates, independent researchers, and other related agencies.
CDE recently released new tools to visualize data, and the Right to Know Coalition applauds these helpful additions to SchoolView as a strong step in the right direction to provide information as a public good. However, the tools do not address the reporting rules that result in suppressed data.
The Right To Know report highlights the following areas where the state has lots of room for improvement: focusing on every student, accessibility and furthering learning and understanding.
The coalition strongly believes that the state has a role in protecting individual student privacy while celebrating student success, ensuring information is publicly accessible and usable and using data to promote a statewide culture of learning about what works for students.
All Coloradans should know how our schools are serving kids. Communities deserve this information, and families rely on this information to make decisions and advocate for their children.
To read the report card click here.