Big data systems still not answering which education programs work

Information Week‘s Michael Fitzgerald wrote about Colorado public school’s use of big data on July 29,2013.  The state’s educational data program is now four years old and stores all kinds of facts and figures about 860,000 students in 2,000 schools, but it’s still unable to answers the questions that education policy makers want to know, such as,  “if specific programs, say, for reading intervention, have an impact on student performance.”

“We probably have a ways to go to where we can definitively say here are things that are proven to work and here are things the data is not supporting,” Daniel Domagala, the Colorado Department of Education’s CIO, told Information Week.

POSTED BY Jill Barshay ON July 29, 2013

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