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Aimee Rogstad Guidera
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Aimee Rogstad Guidera is the President and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national advocacy organization leading the effort to bring every part of the education community together to empower educators, parents, and policymakers with quality information to make decisions that ensure students excel. Most importantly, Aimee is the mom of two school aged daughters. She is actively involved in her school’s parent organization and believes that parents, students and teachers need to be equally strong legs of the stool of academic success. Follow Aimee on Twitter.

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Let's Use Data to Help Our Kids, Not Lock It Up and Throw Away the Key

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 3:24 PM

Locks, keys, vaults: these images are omnipresent as the nation recognizes Data Privacy Day. Protecting the privacy of our children's personal information is absolutely essential. But as we consider this crucial issue, let's do so in the broader context of how data is unlocking richer, more robust information...

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What We Lose Without Education Data

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 8:10 PM

National high school graduation hit a record high this year -- 81 percent -- and thousands of students who just received their high school diplomas wouldn't have done it without the use of data. We cannot afford to undermine this progress. Yet we see across the country efforts...

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Education Community Stands Up for Safe, Effective Data Use

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 2:27 PM

Where student data are concerned, privacy and security are paramount. Information is power, and we need to keep private, personal information out of the wrong hands. But what about getting the right information into the right hands?

We know that when educators and families have the right information to guide...

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Teachers and Parents Need to Support Their Kids' Learning

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 3:05 PM

Early in my career, I had the opportunity to work for the Japanese Ministry of Education and teach in five high schools in Hiroshima. There are countless experiences and insights from that incredible time that I've kept with me for 25 years, and one is an analogy that captures the...

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States Using Data to Pave the Path to Student Success

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 6:51 PM

Every fall I look back on the progress states have made to ensure that data are used to help students achieve -- not just in the prior year, but since the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) first surveyed states in 2005 -- and I am astonished at how far states have...

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States Should Be Giving You Useful Data About Your Children's Schools

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 3:04 PM

We're all familiar with the ritual of the report card from our days as students. The term ends and you're given a sheet of paper detailing your performance in various courses and disciplines, often with instructions to take it home for your parents to review and sign. Whether report card...

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Using Data to Broaden Our Students' Horizons

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 1:31 PM

"My child is not a number!"

In the era of so-called big data in education, you're likely to hear this refrain. Education data are, after all, mostly numbers. (I would argue that more anecdotal information -- such as classroom observations -- should also be considered part of a full picture...

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Education Data Use Has Come a Long Way and Needs to Go Further

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 5:11 PM

Education data are in the spotlight like never before. More people than ever are talking about data's power to transform systems and help students achieve. Some people, including parents, are also expressing legitimate concerns about how states and districts are safeguarding data and ensuring they're used appropriately. These conversations are...

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All Parents Need Access to Education Data Now

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 2:34 PM

How do we get parents the most timely and accurate information about how their children are doing in the classroom? How can we show the public whether its tax dollars are being used effectively to improve the schools in all communities? Anecdotes can paint a picture, but the most useful...

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If Tests Aren't Working for Teachers and Families, They're Not Working

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 4:32 PM

At the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), we've been talking for years about the great power data have to paint a full picture of a student's learning. But when most people encounter the term education data, they still hear just one thing: test scores. We at DQC know that data are...

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Don't Just Give Teachers Data, Support Their Ability to Use It

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 3:40 PM

Teachers are caught in a deluge of data -- but they shouldn't be. All states have built robust education data systems, but most teachers aren't trained in how to use the data and aren't given the time and tools to do so effectively. Many teachers feel like they're "drowning in...

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Privacy and Trust: The Keys to Effective Data Use

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Just before the New Year, Dictionary.com announced that its word of the year for 2013 was privacy. They wrote that discussion about "privacy -- what it is and what it isn't -- embodies the preeminent concerns of 2013." That was certainly true in education, and we at the...

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Prioritizing Student Data Privacy in the Cloud and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 11:46 AM

Empowered with the right data, teachers can better track their students' progress and target interventions, and parents can a get a more substantive, timely account of how their kids are doing. When education stakeholders are using data to inform their judgment at all levels, student achievement grows. But to make...

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