Objectives of Data Improvement System
The K-12 Data Governance group's primary role is to assist in the design and implementation of a K-12 education data improvement system that is used by school districts and the state. The data improvement system, created by the 2009 Legislature, is described in Part II of Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2261 (PDF).
Specifically, elements that are to be part of the system include (but are not limited to):
- Comprehensive educator information, such as courses taught, years of experience, compensation, class size, number of languages and which languages are spoken by students, and general resources available for classroom needs.
- Robust student information, such as student characteristics, course and program enrollment, and assessment performance.
- A dropout early warning system.
- Separate accounting of state, federal, and local revenues and costs.
- The capacity to link program cost information with student performance information to gauge the cost-effectiveness of programs.
- An anonymous, nonidentifiable replicated copy of data that is updated at least quarterly, and made available to the public by the state.
Section 202 of ESHB 2261 describes the expectations for the data improvement system. Section 203 describes the duties of the Data Governance work group.
One of the expectations of the Data Governance Group outlined in the
legislation was the identification of the critical research and policy
questions that need to be addressed by the K-12 data system. A contract was
secured from a consulting group to perform this work. Their
full report is
available and an
Following identification of the critical research and policy questions the
consulting group next conducted a gap analysis of the data needed to address the
questions and the data currently collected at the state level. The consultant
also identified the gaps in data collected at the state level and the data
collections recommended in the National Education Data Model. The Data Gap
Analysis report can be found
OSPI provided a preliminary status report on November 15, 2009. The K-12 Education Data Governance: Preliminary Report
provides background information on the Legislative expectations for a K-12
education data system, the progress that has been made in meeting the
Legislative expectations, and our future actions and plans. A final report
was completed in September. The K-12
Education Data Governance and Statewide K-12 Longitudinal Data System Final
outlines the recommendations from the gap analysis consultant, provides an
update on numerous activities, contains budget recommendations to maintain
data governance work and fund a study on suspension and expulsion and
outlines a data governance work plan.
November 14th, 2013
Puget Sound ESD - Renton, WA
Contact Tim Stensager at (360) 725-6005 for further information.