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

Part I: Foundational Data Improvement Lessons


To introduce the key concepts in producing quality education data to all the members of a school and district staff who have some responsibility for creating or applying such data, and to begin conversations among staff that will build a culture of quality data within their respective institutions.


  • Board members
  • Superintendents
  • Principals
  • Data Stewards/Coordinators
  • Teachers
  • Technology Support Staff
  • Office staff

These lessons can be delivered to a group of individuals who serve in any of the above-named positions in a single Local Education Agency (LEA), individuals from several LEAs who have similar positions, or teams of individuals serving multiple roles from several LEAs. Instructors are encouraged to include several LEA staff members in lessons in order to encourage the sort of cross-role communication within an LEA that a culture of quality data requires.


Recommended Delivery Time per Lesson

  • 1–3 hours