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|NFES 2023086||Forum Guide to Data Quality
The Forum Guide to Data Quality provides best practices from districts and states for maintaining quality data as these agencies regularly review and revise their methods for working with data, as well as their expectations for all staff who are responsible for education data and their quality. This resource is intended to help districts and states seeking to improve or further develop their policies and practices related to data quality.
|NFES 2023050||Forum Guide to Discipline Data
The Forum Guide to Discipline Data is designed to help education agencies collect, manage, report, and use discipline data. The guide discusses the importance of discipline data and how these data have changed over time, provides key considerations for data management and staff training, and identifies data reporting and use best practices. It is intended for education agency staff involved in collecting and using discipline data to improve student outcomes; promote positive, productive, and safe learning environments; and ensure equity in education. This audience includes staff responsible for reporting accurate and timely data to the federal government.
|NFES 2023087||Forum Guide to Understanding the School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED) Classification System
The Forum Guide to Understanding the School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED) Classification System offers a comprehensive overview of the voluntary, common SCED classification system. SCED was developed to meet the need among local, state, and federal agencies for widely understood, standardized prior-to-secondary and secondary school course codes. The guide provides information on the development process, code structure, and element descriptions. Additionally, it offers best practices for SCED implementation and use. A companion publication, SCED Uses and Benefits, highlights user benefits and features case studies to illustrate SCED use.
|NFES 2023026||Forum Guide to State Education Agency Support for Local Education Agencies in Civil Rights Data Reporting
The Forum Guide to State Education Agency Support for Local Education Agencies in Civil Rights Data Reporting presents a variety of effective methods through which state education agencies (SEAs) can support their local education agencies (LEAs) in reporting civil rights data to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. In addition, the guide provides several detailed case studies from states that currently support their LEA reporting.
|NFES 2022132||Using Education Indicators: A Forum Guide for State and Local Education Agencies
This guide was developed to provide timely and useful information on education indicators, how their collection and use have changed over time, and how agencies use them strategically. Since the publication of the 2005 document Forum Guide to Education Indicators (https://nces.ed.gov/forum/pub_2005802.asp), many advancements in education have impacted indicators, including changes to data systems (such as improved longitudinal data systems), federal data collections and accountability systems, legislation, mandatory public reporting, privacy protections, and data security. This new guide highlights best practices for using indicators, adjustments over time to the collection and use of indicators, shifts in types of relevant indicators, and what possibilities local and state education agencies see for the effective use of indicators in the future.
|NFES 2022098||Forum Guide to Digital Equity
The Forum Guide to Digital Equity Data is designed to help education agencies close digital equity gaps through the collection and use of digital equity data. This publication defines digital equity; explains the importance of having comparable, high-quality digital equity data; and discusses how those data can be used to identify issues, prioritize action, and create new programs or sustain existing efforts to address digital inequities.
|NFES 2021110||Forum Guide to Metadata
The Forum Guide to Metadata presents and examines the ways in which metadata can be used by education agencies to improve data quality and promote a better understanding of education data. Supported by metadata-related case studies from state and local education agencies, the guide highlights the uses of metadata from a technical point of view, as well as the perspectives of data management, data reporting and use, and data privacy and security. The guide further discusses how to plan and successfully implement a metadata system in an education setting and provides examples of standard metadata items and definitions to assist agencies with standardization.
|NFES 2021094||Forum Guide to Staff Records
The Forum Guide to Staff Records was developed to help education agencies effectively collect and manage staff data; protect the privacy of staff data; and ensure that requests for data access and data releases are managed appropriately. The guide builds on information from the 2000 publication, Privacy Issues in Education Staff Records: Guidelines for Education Agencies and reflects how agencies have responded to changes in staff data over time. It includes a discussion of types of staff records, updated best practices for data collection and management, and case studies from state and local education agencies.
|NFES 2021078||Forum Guide to Virtual Education Data: A Resource for Education Agencies
The Forum Guide to Virtual Education Data: A Resource for Education Agencies is designed to assist agencies with collecting data in virtual education settings, incorporating the data into governance processes and policies, and using the data to improve virtual education offerings. This resource reflects lessons learned by the education data community during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and provides recommendations that will help agencies collect and use virtual education data.
|NFES 2021058||Forum Guide to Attendance, Participation, and Engagement Data in Virtual and Hybrid Learning Models
The Forum Guide to Attendance, Participation, and Engagement Data in Virtual and Hybrid Learning Models was developed as a companion publication to the 2018 Forum Guide to Collecting and Using Attendance Data, drawing upon the information included in that resource and incorporating lessons learned by state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The information is intended to assist agencies in responding to the current need for these data, as well as future scenarios, such as courses with blended/hybrid learning models or natural disaster situations in which extended virtual education is required.
|NFES 2021013|| Forum Guide to Strategies for Education Data Collection and Reporting (SEDCAR)
The Forum Guide to Strategies for Education Data Collection and Reporting (SEDCAR) was created to provide timely and useful best practices for education agencies that are interested in designing and implementing a strategy for data collection and reporting, focusing on these as key elements of the larger data process. It builds upon the Standards for Education Data Collection and Reporting (published by the Forum in 1991) and reflects the vast increase over the past three decades in the number of compulsory and/or continual data collections conducted by education agencies. This new resource is designed to be relevant to the state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) of today, in which data are regularly collected for multiple purposes, and data collection and recording may be conducted by many different individuals within an agency.
|NFES 2021023||School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED) Uses and Benefits
The School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED) Uses and Benefits publication was developed to provide a brief overview of SCED, highlight the research application and benefits of SCED to users, and illustrate SCED uses with case studies. SCED is a voluntary, common classification system for prior-to-secondary and secondary school courses. It can be used to compare course information, maintain longitudinal data about student coursework, and efficiently exchange coursetaking records. SCED is a free resource intended for federal, state, and local education agencies.
|NFES 2020137||Forum Guide to Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Your Data
The Forum Guide to Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Your Data provides timely and useful best practice information to help education agencies proactively prepare for, appropriately mitigate, and responsibly recover from a cybersecurity incident. It provides recommendations to help protect agency systems and data before, during, and after a cybersecurity incident and features case studies from state and local education agencies.
|NFES 2020132||Forum Guide to Exit Codes
The Forum Guide to Exit Codes provides best practice information for tracking data about when students transferred, completed high school, dropped out, or otherwise exited an education agency. This resource defines exit codes and reviews their use in an education agency; provides an updated, voluntary, common taxonomy for exit codes; discusses best practices and methods for addressing specific challenges in exit codes data collection; features case studies that highlight different education agencies’ approaches to and experiences with exit coding.
|NFES 2020083||Forum Guide to Data Governance
The Forum Guide to Data Governance highlights the multiple ways that data governance programs can benefit education agencies. It addresses the management, collection, use, and communication of education data; the development of effective and clearly defined data systems and policies to handle the complexity and necessary protection of data; and the continuous monitoring and decisionmaking needed in a regularly shifting data landscape. The Guide also features 12 case studies from state and local education agencies that have implemented effective data governance programs.
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