Reframing Education Data for Equity

State leaders have outlined bold equity goals to improve the outcomes of all students. But these goals can’t be met if the data used to measure and support them reflect bias. The Data Quality Campaign’s latest blog series dives into the concept of asset framing and examines how data can be better constructed, presented, and used to ensure the success of every student.

Students Aren’t Empty Cups: The way we talk about students and student success has a major impact on how we think about their abilities to learn and the tools we create to help improve their achievement.

Putting Data Disaggregation in Context: Data doesn’t come to life on its own. The way student data is constructed and shared has the power to impact how we, intentionally or unintentionally, creative narratives around a student’s potential.

The Harder (Data) Work: Now that we can identify what goes in to collecting and using data, it’s on us to challenge our own perspectives, acknowledge existing opportunity gaps, and use data to dispel myths around achievement.

Data is a powerful tool for measuring and meeting equity goals. But it’s up to us – as policymakers, advocates, educators, and parents – to ensure data used to support all students is reflective of each child’s true abilities and achievement.