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From the ECS State Policy Database: Data-Driven Improvement - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Portland Public Schools: From Data and Decisions to Implementation and Results on Dropout Prevention - In the course of a single calendar year (2007-08) Portland Public Schools began to have a positive impact in addressing its dropout problem. How? Middle school leaders provided detailed information on each struggling student. High school administrators used the data and other supports from the district to begin changing the behavior and the beliefs of the adults in their buildings against the odds. Students' performance on the critical dropout risk indicators improved in aggregate as more of them were supported in taking ownership of their learning and their future. These accomplishments send an important message to students, their parents and the community at large. (Daniel Stid, Kate O'Neill and Susan Colby, The Bridgespan Group, January 2009) ...

The Ohio Education Management Information System (EMIS) - In 1991 the Ohio legislature created the Education Management Information System to provide information about student performance and participation and the needs of school districts. This site includes instructions on how EMIS works as well as aggregate information on students, staff, programs, services, costs and trends. Information on training, meetings, presentations and EMIS issues also is accessible....

The Texas Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) - This comprehensive site encompasses all public education data requested and received by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), including student demographic and academic performance, personnel, financial, and organizational information submitted by school districts via standardized computer files. In addition to records and statistics about every public school district in the State of Texas, the site includes resources for teachers, students, parents and policymakers on a myriad of issues such as testing, licensing, salaries, lesson plans, technology, curriculum, graduation and policy....

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