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About Data Coordination

Overview:

Data have become a driving force behind efforts to improve student achievement and ensure successful outcomes. In recent years, there has been a growing awareness that effective teaching, efficient schools and quality data are linked. The focus of this strand is to enable data coordinators to help create a culture of data quality through effective data policies and procedures.

What are the Course Objectives?

  • Recognizing and utilizing policies and procedures that promote data quality 
  • Understanding and implementing standards and guidelines for data quality 
  • Obtaining appropriate training and support for data quality 
  • Maximizing the use of timelines and calendars to plan for data quality 
  • Realizing the interdependence of hardware, software and network resources affecting data quality

Who should do this course?

  • District secretaries 
  • Centralized registrars 
  • Data coordinators 
  • Others in similar roles who fulfill these duties

Topics Discussed

  • The importance of data quality: entering, validating and correcting data
  • Use of the Data Standards documents for staff and customer data 
  • Full use of reports in operating software (and a spreadsheet application). 
  • Obtaining, creating, and executing data collection, reporting, and validation procedures and guidelines 
  • Obtaining professional development to support ongoing collection, reporting and validation 
  • Creation and use of local data calendars 
  • Exploring the data entry environment, both physically and electronically