The CEDS Consortium is a coalition of education stakeholders that is enthusiastically supporting these efforts. The value of these standards can not only support SLDSs but can extend well beyond to assist the education community in hundreds of other ways. Led by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO, the Consortium is supporting the CEDS Initiative with the mission of (1) communicating and advocating about CEDS to the K-12 and post-secondary environments and (2) promoting adoption and implementation of CEDS within and across those education environments. Those efforts will be expanded to include the early childhood and, possibly, the workforce environments.
We are honored to feature the series of articles below by Gary West, lead guru for Education Data and Information Systems. Mr. West has a unique perspective on the value of data-driven decisions through his experience as a high school math teacher for ten years, a federal projects coordinator for a small rural school district for nine years, a technology and data systems director for a moderately sized school district for more than nineteen years, the Chief Information Officer for the South Carolina Department of Education for more than three years, and the Strategic Initiatives Director for Information Systems and Research at the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington DC for one year. He has been emphasizing, since the beginning of time, the use of data to guide teaching and learning – not just the use of data to report what has already been taught and learned.
Implementing the Common Education Data Standard – Article Series
Making Informed Decisions in Education
Concepts for Policy Makers
Components of the Common Education Data Standards
Strategy Considerations for Policymakers
Strategies for Data Leaders
Implementing the Common Education Data Standards – The Work to Be Done; working table
Implementing the Common Education Data Standard – Presentation Series