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Monday, November 23, 2009

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Phone: (850) 245-0413

Florida Recognized for Data Collection and Quality
~ State longitudinal data system one of only 11 in nation to achieve perfect score ~

TALLAHASSEE – Florida was one of only 11 states recognized today by the Data Quality Campaign for having a comprehensive longitudinal data system that effectively tracks student progress from preschool through college. The campaign evaluates states on 10 key elements that are necessary toward building a high quality data system and for the third year in a row, Florida has met each one of the rigorous criteria.

“Data collection, while complex to talk about, is essential when it comes to tracking student progress and measuring the effectiveness of our schools,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “Florida has spent considerable time building a system that produces useful and accurate information and I’m honored that we’ve been recognized for our achievements.”

The campaign also identified important actions that each state will need to take in order to promote the use of data. These actions include steps such as linking data systems across the P-20/Workforce pipeline, ensuring the data can be accessed by multiple stakeholders and increasing the capacity of all stakeholders to use the data. Based on key elements in the Florida Department of Education’s Next Generation Strategic Plan, the state has, or is in the process of implementing all outlined recommendations.

The Data Quality Campaign is a national, collaborative effort that urges state policymakers to improve the collection, availability, and use of high-quality education data to improve student achievement. Florida has long been recognized for its innovative solutions toward tracking student achievement and teacher performance. The state’s system has been utilized to provide up-to-date information during the legislative process to help policy makers understand fully the challenges and benefits of carrying out specific policies.

The campaign is managed by the National Center for Educational Accountability and supported by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. To view the Data Quality Campaign survey on state longitudinal data systems, visit http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/resources/768.