This blog post is by DQC President and CEO Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger and DQC Executive Vice President Paige Kowalski.

As we all try to understand our rapidly evolving education environment during the COVID-19 crisis and the uncertainty that surrounds it, the Data Quality Campaign is working to elevate what’s happening-whether it’s concrete examples of what’s working in states and districts, ideas and proposals from the field, or things our organization and others are exploring. To accomplish this, we’re periodically bringing you our thoughts on the most salient conversations happening on navigating education during the pandemic and future recovery efforts.

We’re writing…


This blog post is by Alexandra Ball, Senior Associate, Policy and Research at the Data Quality Campaign (DQC).

The Data Quality Campaign began sharing updates on the state of 2021 assessments last year and we’ll continue to share periodic updates on the assessment conversation we’re seeing. Check DQC’s blog for future updates.

After months of speculation, the Biden administration announced last week that they would not grant blanket waivers for 2021 statewide assessments. States can instead apply for limited waivers for accountability and school identification-including, notably, the 95 percent participation requirement. …


This blog post is by DQC President and CEO Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger and DQC Executive Vice President Paige Kowalski.

As we all try to understand our rapidly evolving education environment during the COVID-19 crisis and the uncertainty that surrounds it, the Data Quality Campaign is working to elevate what’s happening-whether it’s concrete examples of what’s working in states and districts, ideas and proposals from the field, or things our organization and others are exploring. To accomplish this, we’re periodically bringing you our thoughts on the most salient conversations happening on navigating education during the pandemic and future recovery efforts.

We’re writing…


This blog post is by Rachel Anderson, director of policy and research strategy at the Data Quality Campaign (DQC).

At its best, education research uses data to inform better policy and practice decisions, support the development of tools and resources that serve individual students, and build knowledge about learning processes and systems. Realizing this potential requires collaboration among researchers and education leaders and practitioners, informed by a wide array of community stakeholders and supported by high-quality data. A new research-practice partnership in DC is starting to build this type of data-informed collaboration.

Research-practice partnerships (RPPs) are long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between…


This blog post is by Brennan McMahon Parton, vice president of policy and advocacy at the Data Quality Campaign (DQC).

Last spring, we urged states to take five actions to use data to address the needs of students and families during the pandemic. Our recommendations highlight the value of transparency about how schools are adjusting to online learning during the pandemic. With so many unknowns, it is crucial that education leaders share important information, and that parents can feel they can trust it. The crisis is still ongoing, and so too are efforts to support students during this challenging time…


This blog post is by DQC President and CEO Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger and DQC Executive Vice President Paige Kowalski.

As we all try to understand our rapidly evolving education environment during the COVID-19 crisis and the uncertainty that surrounds it, the Data Quality Campaign is working to elevate what’s happening — whether it’s concrete examples of what’s working in states and districts, ideas and proposals from the field, or things our organization and others are exploring. …


This blog post is by Alexandra Ball, Senior Associate, Policy and Research at the Data Quality Campaign (DQC).

The Data Quality Campaign began sharing updates on the state of 2021 assessments last year and we’ll continue to share periodic updates on the assessment conversations we’re seeing. Check DQC’s blog for future updates.

Statewide assessments are still on for spring 2021-at least for now. Leaders in at least 23 states ( AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, ID, IL, IN, MA, MO, MS, NJ, NM, NC, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, WY) have publicly supported assessments as a tool…


This blog post is by Jane Clark, associate director of policy and advocacy at the Data Quality Campaign (DQC).

As the new administration announces its priorities and Congress introduces its first pieces legislation this session, we’re noticing an important trend: a commitment to data. As an organization focused on education data policy and use, it’s no surprise that we’re encouraged by these developments. And we’ll be keeping a close eye as federal and state leaders work to implement these initiatives.

Following are all of the announcements we’ve seen so far:

Executive Orders


This blog post is by DQC President and CEO Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger and DQC Executive Vice President Paige Kowalski.

As we all try to understand our rapidly evolving education environment during the COVID-19 crisis and the uncertainty that surrounds it, the Data Quality Campaign is working to elevate what’s happening — whether it’s concrete examples of what’s working in states and districts, ideas and proposals from the field, or things our organization and others are exploring. …


This blog post is by DQC President and CEO Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger.

Last week, President Biden signed an executive order on education as part of his administration’s COVID-19 response plan. With this executive order, the Biden administration is doubling down on the value of data to uncover what’s working, where and for whom-prioritizing data that shines a light on inequities and disparities in services and outcomes. This is a significant development for all of us who know the potential and power of data to inform education policy and practice decisions, serve families, and redress systemic inequities.

The executive order states:

(a)…

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