Data Quality Campaign Releases “Data for Action 2013”

Today the Data Quality Campaign‘s survey of the states findings is being released under the theme “Right Questions, Right Data, Right Answers.” The report defines the questions stakeholders have and how states can use this information to answer these critical questions.  Check out the report to see to see examples of new dynamic state websites that provide the public with the information about education in their states and which states are truly using all 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use and are overcoming barriers to use data effectively .
Join The Data Quality Campaign (@EdDataCampaign ) and key partners today, November 19 at 2:00 p.m. EST for a Twitter Town Hall, using the  hashtag #DFA2013 to discuss the results of the 2013 report. Everyone will have  the opportunity to pose questions about the reports findings and can ask the experts about your state’s analysis.
More information is available in the press release below:

Contact:  Dakarai Aarons, daarons@dataqualitycampaign.org202-393-7192
Rachel Zaentz, [email protected]202-667-0901

Data Quality Campaign to Release New Analysis on How States Are Using Education Data to Improve Student Achievement

WHAT: On Nov. 19, 2013, the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) will release its annual state-by-state analysis, Data for Action 2013, which highlights states’ progress using education data systems to improve student achievement. Initial findings suggest that states are changing their vision from data collection for compliance to data collection for effective use in the state house, in the district office, in the classroom, and at the kitchen table. Also, for the first time ever, two states have achieved all 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use, DQC’s roadmap for state policymakers.
Some other key findings include:

  • A growing number of states are providing teachers and parents with appropriate access to their students’ longitudinal data.
  • Despite recent financial challenges, more states than ever are funding their data systems, reflecting a belief that data are critical in the decision making process at all levels.
  • States take seriously their responsibility to ensure that data are used appropriately and student data are kept private and secure. States such as Oklahoma are passing legislation to establish new procedures and safeguards for the collection and use of student data.

DQC and several national organizations will also hold a Twitter Town Hall from 2 to 3 p.m. EST on Nov. 19 for the public release of Data for Action 2013 with the hashtag #DFA2013.


The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national advocacy organization committed to realizing an education system in which all stakeholders—from parents to policymakers—are empowered with high quality data from early childhood, K–12, postsecondary, and workforce systems. To achieve this vision, DQC supports state policymakers and other key leaders to promote effective data use to ensure students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and the workplace. For more information, visit

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