New Data Warehouse System Launched; Will Lead to Better Education Decisions
OLYMPIA — December 20, 2012 — A new data warehouse system that will help inform education decisions from the school level to the state level is now online, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced today.
Currently, data is collected for two main reasons: to comply with state and federal laws, and to determine how much money schools and districts receive. The new system, K-12 Data and Reports, will collect smaller data sets and begin a shift toward using data to better inform decisions at all levels.
Dorn praised another benefit of the new system: transparency. “We have a lot of data on our Web site,” Dorn said, “but this new system will be able to bring it all together in a way that makes sense to the average person.”
The warehouse system is composed of data sets in the following subjects:
- Students (demographics, test scores, etc.)
- Educators (years of experience, type of teaching endorsement, salary, etc.)
The K-12 Data and Reports system collects each set into a larger system, allowing any user to create charts and graphs from data that was previously in different sections and in different formats. In the future, the new system will connect with a P-20 data system being developed by the Education Research and Data Center.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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