Getting Beat by Texas
Ok – the every Thursday thing didn’t work last week or the week before so no more promises. I’ll just post when I can. To round up the action from last week, on Tuesday we held a meeting in Silicon Valley at Microsoft called From Inputs to Outputs: The Power of Data and Technology to Close Achievement Gaps. The meeting was well attended and the feedback so far has been very positive. The point was to showcase the great work of school districts, charter management organizations and non-profits like Teach For America in using their data systems to improve employee performance and increase student achievement. The goal was to inform and motivate CA policymakers and thought leaders to build a statewide longitudinal data system that is useful for districts and schools – not just Sacramento. The lunch session was a fabulous presentation from the Dell Foundation on their work with the Texas Education Agency to build a data system that does everything our state should be doing. There are no excuses to be out-performed by Texas especially when so many CA organizations are doing great work and we are the center of the digital world.
Later in the week I was at PIE (Policy Innovators in Education), a meeting in Nashville of statewide Ed Reform organizations. I”ll provide a recap in my next post.
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