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For a school or district, student data is necessary for an effective educational program.
Create a data plan that includes the data to be collected and what will be done with it after it is collected.
Encourage data literacy and reward fluency among professionals in the school to address chronic absenteeism, academic warnings, whole-child development, and other issues.
Develop a communication strategy that uses multiple platforms (e.g., electronic, print, and telephone communication) to build a strong and open relationship with the community.
Provide digital citizenship and digital literacy training for students and teachers.
Develop easy-to-use data reports for various users of the data to interpret and consistently use it for improvements in learning outcomes; this should evaluate root causes with qualitative data measures.
Focus on indicators that trigger interventions and alternative approaches with subgroups of students in need of more support.
Ensure that the data system addresses multiple non-curricular needs of the whole child (e.g., transportation, food, parents/guardians, counseling, additional supports, etc.).
Implement a robust assessment system that includes formative, interim, summative, and diagnostic data and reports to support instruction and equitable preparation among all subgroups.
Develop and refine privacy policies and protocols that ensure student data protection and privacy.