The gap between the US and international leaders in student proficiency in basic subjects as well as science and technology is growing, and it is undermining: the ability of our students to compete for the jobs of the future; the health of our economy; and the intellectual capital we need to solve the problems that confront our communities and our world. Improving our schools and making sure that every child has a opportunity for an education that will allow them to lead a rewarding, productive life is a recognized imperative at the local, state and national levels.
The foundation for many current attempts to improve education is the use of data to make decisions, with states and districts creating systems to track and report standardized test scores. Web-based platforms will take the use of educational data in new directions, bringing up-to-date information about each student to bear on decision-making at the classroom, school and district levels; and empowering students and parents to make informed choices as they direct a student’s progress through school. And by smartly aggregating, presenting, and using the available educational data in combination with data from after-school and community programs, we can paint a more complete picture of each student, and ensure that everyone invested in his or her future has the information they need to maximize their impact.