Instead of Big Data Try Basic Data [...]

While vendors talk about big data, the data districts and colleges actually need is often ridiculously simple:

For example, the state collects student attendance data, but right now that data only shows how many kids are going to school every day on average. “You might have 99 percent of students attending,” Miller said, “but in fact there are six kids who are chronically absent.” The new data will be able to point out to teachers the specific students who are consistently missing school, so the teachers could investigate the root causes behind absences and try to address them.

The state also collects high school graduation rates, but many students drop out in middle school. CORE is now collecting this information, as well as highlighting the names of individual students who are not on track to graduate on time. (Source)

Some of these examples may be seen as moving from From Precinct to Voter.

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