National Journal asked “are state data systems worth the risk?”

The terminal outcomes of K-12 aren’t only test scores and graduation rates, they should include college completion and employment.  We can’t really measure K-12 effectiveness without the ability to know where high school leavers/graduates go.

Our college dropout rate is even worse than our high school drop out rate.  We won’t be able to help students make better post secondary choices or hold higher education accountable for bad completion rates without the data.

Florida’s experience seems to indicate that we can add this important information without comprimising privacy.

RttT will result in about 20 states implementing robust K-12 with some visibility into post secondary and employment.  This will prove to be vital improvement infrastructure in the decade to come.

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Tom Vander Ark is author of Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, The Power of Place, Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

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