One way to help meet today's information needs, the general public's demand for accountability, and No Child Left Behind objectives is through the development of a comprehensive and dynamic common PK-12 data model. To date, the closest access to data models that many schools, districts, and state agencies have is in proprietary models developed by vendors and implemented in their software applications. Most states and school districts cannot make the necessary financial investment or do not have the technical expertise to develop such comprehensive data models.
The development of such a model must include a thorough evaluation of data needs at the classroom, local, regional, state, and federal levels. Many districts and states want to design data warehousing and data collection sites with the purpose of greater tracking of longitudinal data. They are looking for guidance on what data should be included in their systems. Without a comprehensive data model, they will continue with existing models being developed that may not meet the needs for comprehensive collections, and will not impact the educational learning environment to the greatest extent possible.
The following papers* will help guide the initial efforts of a proposed Forum working group that hopes to develop a comprehensive PK-12 education data model.
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In July 2006, the Forum established the PK-12 Data Model Task Force to develop a conceptual and a logical education data model for school districts.
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