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Forum Curriculum for Improving Education Data
NCES 2007-808
May 2007


The Forum Curriculum for Improving Education Data: A Resource for Local Education Agencies builds on the Forum Guide to Building a Culture of Data Quality: A School & District Resource, published by the National Center for Education Statistics in November 2004. The Data Quality Curriculum Task Force of the National Forum on Education Statistics acknowledges its debt to that publication for the organizational structure of this curriculum. The Task Force also thanks the members of the Forum who contributed suggestions and resource materials that strengthened the curriculumís lessons.

The Data Quality Curriculum Task Force thanks the following people and organizations for arranging pilot tests for the lesson plans and materials, which provided valuable suggestions for improving the curriculum:

Steve Smith, Director of Technology
Waterville High School
Waterville, Maine

Earl Watkins, Superintendent
Jackson Public Schools
Jackson, Mississippi

Stephen Metcalf, Superintendent
Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union
South Royalton, Vermont

Beth Manning, Student Accounting Manager
Putnam City Public Schools
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

In addition, the Task Force thanks Sonya Edwards (California Department of Education), Lee Hoffman, Gail Mulligan, and Jeffrey Owings (National Center for Education Statistics), and Erin Perry (Kansas State Department of Education) for reviews that greatly improved the consistency of this document; LeRoy Rooker and Ellen Campbell of the U.S. Department of Educationís Family Policy Compliance Office for valuable technical information and corrections regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act; Barbara S. Lynch and Joyce Stern (Synergy Enterprises, Inc.) for overall editing; and Virginia Robles-Villalba (Synergy Enterprises, Inc.) for formatting and designing this publication.

Finally, the Data Quality Curriculum Task Force thanks Victoria Bernhardt (Education for the Future) and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) for giving the Task Force permission to reprint or adapt their copyrighted materials.