Data interoperability in K-12: A teacher’s perspective

Data interoperability is the secure, controlled—and most important—seamless exchange of data between applications. The standardization of the language programs can use to talk to each other is going to benefit me as an instructor and the students. Another benefit of data interoperability is that parents, the key stakeholders in a child’s education, benefit from it. They need access to data as well, not just the students and the teachers.

The decade ahead: Change is coming in data interoperability

Project Unicorn’s ultimate mission is to move our lagging education sector forward by improving data interoperability at scale and with fidelity. Since launching at the ASU GSV, more than 70 districts representing more than two million students have now pledged that the secure, controlled exchange of data is too important to ignore any longer.

Call to all districts: Tackling tough data problems

You’re a Chief Academic Officer, or a similar position, and back-to-school planning and the chaos and excitement of the first day of school have passed. Your students are getting back into a routine, at least most of them. Your teachers are hard at work in the classroom. You are trying to stay laser focused on supporting your educators and students and making sure all the initiatives aimed at maximizing your students’ learning are going strong.

Preventing summer melt: Providing students with wraparound support

The summer after high school is an important time for every student who plans to attend college in the fall. It’s a time of preparation for life away from home, saying “see you later” to family, and completing final tasks needed to enroll in college in the fall. Many students have plenty of support during this time, ensuring they step foot on campus with a positive mindset and the resources they need to be successful.

Test prep in education: Making opportunities accessible to all

Summarized below is the first-person account of the journeys of the founders of Avanti, Edutel and Online Tyari. The founders talk about how their ideas fructified and what it takes to run scalable, sustainable businesses while maximizing social impact. As innovative enterprises operating in the online coaching and test preparation domains, these organizations are at the forefront of providing exemplary and cost-effective test-preparation solutions (both online and in classrooms) to students across the country.

Education data interoperability at work in Michigan

The Michigan Data Hub, which utilizes the Ed-Fi data standard and technologies, was designed to address the challenge of obtaining and sharing enough student data to help educators make better decisions for their students. In the past, the state has had up to 39 different student systems. The Michigan Data Hub was designed to narrow that number down to fewer systems to make getting data easier. So, we proposed creating a data hub where data would be exchanged and standardized from all the systems into one location.

Market-based solutions can improve the quality of education in India

Prachi Jain Windlass leads the foundation’s efforts to improve the fast-growing affordable private schools sector and other high-quality market-based solutions for education in India. According to Prachi, “With 250 million students enrolled in schools in India, there is an enormous opportunity for investors to serve the critical K-12 segment.”

Education data privacy and interoperability go hand in hand

From a policy perspective, interoperability means that all the systems and sectors that serve a student can talk to each other, and that data can move securely and seamlessly among those systems and sectors. It allows everyone to work with that student to securely access the data they need to help that student.

Education data at work in K-12

One of the main problems that occurs is district staff need to do double or triple entry of education data into various information systems. Teachers obviously don’t have a lot of time in their day. Their day is largely comprised of being in front of students, and that’s as it should be.