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Crisis Data Management: A Forum Guide to Collecting and Managing Data About Displaced Students
NCES 2010-804
February 2010


Educators have always been committed to providing high quality educational services to all students, but crises, in some form or another, will continue to disrupt the lives of students, schools, education agencies, and communities. The ability to efficiently and accurately track displaced students allows an education agency to continue educational services during and after a crisis. This resource provides actionable guidance to support the development and maintenance of timely, accurate data about displaced students moving in or out of your agency.

Several issues relevant to crisis data management are beyond the scope of this document, such as the displacement of teachers and staff. During hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many of the same issues affecting the tracking of displaced students also applied to locating displaced staff, although some concerns, such as identifying a teacher's certification status, were unique to staff as they sought work in other school districts. Similarly, tracking health and finance data beyond education records is an important issue for planners, but outside of the scope of this resource.

One final issue not addressed in this document is the impact that schools, districts, and states can have on federal policies to improve how the education community deals with future crises. The experiences of states and districts are an invaluable resource for federal decisionmaking. It is hoped that crisis management planning undertaken by education data system managers will lead to additional questions, ideas, and actions that can benefit us all during future crises.