videoSeptember 17 2015

Student data and its discontents: how FUD undermined an education reform agenda

Patrick McCormick

Databite No. 52

In 2012 New York launched one of the most ambitious education reform policy agendas in the country fueled by $700M in Race to the Top funding. New technology, online collaboration, and data driven instruction were at the center of one the largest NY RTTT projects. But within a year student data had shifted from being part of the solution to being part of the problem as public and political opposition grew across the state. The story of what happened in New York between 2012 and 2015 mirrored much of what unfolded across the U.S. raising the question of where we go from here with education reform, emerging technologies, and student data.

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