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Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
Summary of Recommendations
NCLB Reauthorization

To better inform the national debate on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reauthorization, ECS collected and synthesized recommendations by national organizations to improve the federal law.

ECS' database is organized around 16 issue areas that captured most recommendations. Some organizations did not offer recommendations for all issues, at least according to our analysis. And several recommendations appear more than once since they applied to multiple issue areas.

The summary of all organizations' original recommendations for Data Systems and Reporting (DSR) are listed in this report. Please see the main page for additional reports and sources for the database.

Highlights
(See Abbreviation Key at end of table)

Organizations that addressed this issue: 13 of 15
AASA; AFT; BCSA; Comm. NCLB; ECS; Ed Trust; FEA; NASBE; NASSP; NCSL; NEA; NGA; and NSBA

Organizations that did not address this issue: 2 of 15
CCSSO and NAESP

Comments
No Child Left Behind requires states to collect, analyze and report information on several topics and to disaggregate much of the data. Despite progress in developing more sophisticated information systems to meet these requirements, many states still face challenges.

While nearly every organization mentioned data systems and reporting, their recommendations were spread across several themes. Organizations suggested that a reauthorized NCLB should assist states with developing more robust information systems, maintain and expand disaggregated data requirements (such as graduation rates), provide professional development to use data more effectively, and require more useable and easily understood reporting formats. And a couple organizations would like to see additional data on report cards.


Visit ECS' Database on NCLB Reauthorization main page for more information, explanations and access to organizations' original reports. Please note that ECS plans to expand the database as more information becomes available.

Database Last Updated: July 2007

This database was created and compiled by Mary Fulton, ECS policy analyst.
For questions and comments: 303.299.3679 or mfulton@ecs.org

NCLB Reauthorization : American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation Disaggregate and report test results by growth of student cohorts or year-to-year comparisons of percentage of students scoring at proficient level.
DSR 2 - Summary of Recommendation Create valid reporting format for student and cohort results, disaggregated by major demographic categories for ethnicity and income.
DSR 3 - Summary of Recommendation Continue disaggregating student achievement data to shed light on progress of student groups, including low income.
DSR 4 - Summary of Recommendation Require states and districts to disaggregate achievement for Title I students.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation Maintain disaggregated student achievement reports, but change numerous ways to fail and only one way to “make” AYP.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Business Coalition for Student Achievement (BCSA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation

Provide resources for sophisticated statewide data systems that use longitudinal data to inform decisionmaking.

DSR 2 - Summary of Recommendation

Provide educator training on using data to improve instruction and student interventions.

Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Commission on No Child Left Behind (Comm. NCLB)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation Require states to conform to NGA graduation rate compact, hold schools accountable for closing graduation gap and require schools to disaggregate graduation rate data and "other" AYP indicator.
DSR 2 - Summary of Recommendation Target federal funds on upgrading test delivery and scoring technology for quicker and more accurate data.
DSR 3 - Summary of Recommendation Require states to include additional information in their annual report cards related to student performance, graduation rates and to teachers and principals.
DSR 4 - Summary of Recommendation Require states to develop high-quality longitudinal data systems and provide professional development for users. States with existing systems must meet specific data element requirements.
DSR 5 - Summary of Recommendation Increase Institute of Education Sciences’ longitudinal data systems grant program to assist with state data systems.
DSR 6 - Summary of Recommendation Require states to submit independent audit reports certifying their data systems meet high-quality requirements.
DSR 7 - Summary of Recommendation Implement and require regular reporting of Education Department's system to track migrant student health and education records.
DSR 8 - Summary of Recommendation Require states to submit counts of migrant children and document accuracy of data, which should be audited by Education Department.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Education Commission of the States (ECS)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation Push for greater transparency in and comparability among federal and state data sets.
DSR 2 - Summary of Recommendation Require states to provide accurate and accessible teacher quality data.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Education Trust (Ed Trust)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation Create grants for state longitudinal data systems that would incorporate the Data Quality Campaign's ten elements. Progress toward such a system could determine a state's ability to use growth models for AYP, apply for grants and receive full funding under NCLB.

DSR 2 - Summary of Recommendation Require states to report annually on progress of developing the statewide longitudinal education data system proposed by Education Trust.
DSR 3 - Summary of Recommendation Require states to report additional teacher qualification, distribution and attrition information for districts with highest and lowest minority and low-income student enrollment. Require annual reports of district/school needs for qualified teachers, actions to close teacher quality gaps and efforts to measure teacher effectiveness.
DSR 4 - Summary of Recommendation Require districts to publish, on school report cards, the amount by which state and local funding for Title I schools is below district average. Require districts to publish plans for ensuring equitable school-to-school funding within three years.
DSR 5 - Summary of Recommendation

Require states that choose growth models for AYP to include the following information on all level of report cards:

  • Overall percentage of students attaining and on trajectory toward proficiency
  • Percentage of students in each group attaining and on trajectory toward proficiency.
DSR 6 - Summary of Recommendation Require states and districts to annually publish overall graduation rates and goals and for each student group for all districts or high schools.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation Ensure states and districts report progress in enhancing capacity to improve student learning.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation Require state NCLB assessment results to be reported in easily understood formats and language.
DSR 2 - Summary of Recommendation Limit reporting requirements to financial accountability and efficiency, and to constitutional and statutory requirements.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation Use Title II and Higher Education Act funds to provide professional development for adolescent literacy and data use.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation Strengthen Education Department's role and investment in collecting diagnostic data and providing scientifically based research to close achievement gaps.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Education Association (NEA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation Provide funding to assist states/districts with administering assessments, and collecting and interpreting test data.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Governors Association (NGA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation Promote, reward and fund state P-16 data collection systems, and align NCLB with other federal education data requirements.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National School Boards Association (NSBA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation Require nonpublic school students receiving Title I benefits to take same assessments as public schools, with accountability and test reporting requirements.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)


Abbreviation Key for Organizations
AASA = American Association of School Administrators
AFT = American Federation of Teachers
BCSA = Business Coalition for Student Achievement
Comm. NCLB = Commission on No Child Left Behind
CCSSO = Council of Chief State School Officers
ECS = Education Commission of the States
Ed Trust = Education Trust
FEA = Forum on Educational Accountability
NAESP = National Association of Elementary School Principals
NASBE = National Association of State Boards of Education
NASSP = National Association of Secondary School Principals
NCSL = National Conference of State Legislatures
NEA = National Education Association
NGA = National Governors Association
NSBA = National School Boards Association


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