Comprehensive education policy data available to lawmakers
Ralph B. Davis
FRANKFORT – Kentucky lawmakers have a new tool to use when considering education policy, members of the Interim Joint Education Committee were told Monday.
According to Charles McGrew, Executive Director of the Kentucky P-20 Data Collaborative, the new data warehouse is an efficient and secure way to link information from early childhood through postsecondary education and beyond to provide a comprehensive picture of conditions in the state.
“We’re here to help policy makers and administrators understand how things are going,” he said.
The initiative is a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Education, Educational Professional Standards Board, Council on Postsecondary Education and Cabinet of Education and Workforce Development. It merges data from a variety of state and national sources.
Data from the repository can be used to evaluate policies, analyze educational systems, answer information requests and create reports, McGrew said.
The collaborative has connected high school and college data to employment information in an effort to track what happens to students after they leave educational institutions. That data was used to produce a profile on education, employment and earnings for every county and Area Development District in the state as well as a feedback report for every Kentucky high school, he said.
McGrew told lawmakers the collaborative was also able to link high school students’ college readiness to their teachers and to the programs that prepared their teachers. A feedback report on teacher preparation will be released in the coming months, he said.
He is working to expand the repository to include even more data sources and longitudinal information.
“There are lots of connections that can be drawn to provide information out,” he said.
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