Last week, WDQC hosted its fourth annual Fly-In, “Energized for Evidence,” in Washington D.C. The two-day conference brought together two dozen state representatives, as well as national organizations and federal government representatives to discuss various topics related to data collection and use.
Count more students
Conversations about education and workforce data dominated the first public hearing of the bi-partisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking last week. The Commission called on witnesses representing research, education, statistical, social service, and advocacy organizations.
The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, the 15-member bi-partisan group of experts charged with conducting a comprehensive examination of data inventory and infrastructure, database security, and statistical protocols related to federal policymaking, has called for public comments to be submitted by November 14, 2016.
In order for state data systems to provide optimal insight into how combinations of courses and programs help residents access credentials, employment, and higher earnings, these systems should be inclusive of data from across the education and workforce spectrum. However, a missing piece of the puzzle in many states is data from private postsecondary institutions, who don’t necessarily have to report data to the state.
This fact sheet discusses what Registered Apprenticeship data is collected, where it is maintained, and its shortfalls. It also proposes a list of metrics that could demonstrate a successful Registered Apprenticeship program.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released a report, authored by Jennifer Engle, on how postsecondary data can be used to increase student outcomes and institutional performance. The report describes a framework that offers a set of metrics that are currently in use by some of the foundation's major initiatives to measure institutional performance related to student access, progression, completion, cost and post-college outcomes.