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Career Discovery: Data Science

The Coronavirus is causing many people a lot of stress. But at the same time, many of us are relying on a range of professionals who were not on our radar before.  It is a time of anxiety, but also a time to learn

For example, we are relying more than ever before on statistics compiled by analysts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Statistics amassed by these professionals are being reported widely on the news. How many new cases of the Coronavirus have been reported in the U.S., for example, or in our state, or in our town, or in our school system? That kind of data helps us understand the crisis and stay aware of the risks. And we are newly aware of, and thankful to, the professionals who collect and analyze the information we need. Read more

Research Findings What Parents Think They Know about Protecting their Children Online - Student Research Foundation

Research Findings: What Parents Think They Know about Protecting their Children Online

In 2018, the Student Research Foundation partnered with the Research Consortium on Digital Safety & Cyber Security Careers to complete “Caution: Safety in a Digital World,” a survey of 710 parents of middle school and high school students. Our researchers asked those parents what they knew about protecting their children online, what they thought they knew, and more.

Here is a summary of our findings . . . Read more

New Research Findings: Students from Different Backgrounds Consume Internet News in Different Ways

A high school teacher recently told a group of fellow educators, “Some of my students are much more aware of what is going on in the world than other students are. I’ve been assuming the best-informed students are those who have better access to the Internet at home, but is that really the case?” Read more

Giving Voice to Student Career Aspirations - Student Research Foundation

Giving Voice to Student Career Aspirations

What is the future of career pathways and the skills that today’s students need to secure the jobs of tomorrow? With every presidential proclamation regarding education policy and education funding, the critics are quick to glean meaning from what the White House is — and isn’t — doing with regard to the educational pathways available to all students. Read more

Student Data Privacy - Student Research Foundation

Food for Thought When It Comes to Student Data

What does the future hold for student data privacy? Earlier this month, Education Week’s Andrew Ujifusa penned a preview of all of the many education issues that could surface in 2018. Ujifusa highlighted ongoing efforts in areas such as career and technical education, juvenile justice, and higher education. He also noted the need for a jumpstart on issues such as Head Start, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Read more

Student data privacy - Student Research Foundation

Using Student Data to Benefit Students

Student data privacy. There are few issues that have so captivated the attention of the education community. Whether it be state-administered student proficiency tests, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provisions, or student identifiers such as social security numbers, the topic of what student data is available and how it is safeguarded is now front and center in most education discussions.

It is impractical to suggest, as some have for years, that student data just should not be collected. In the current digital, information age, electronic student data is central to effective teaching and learning. From student registration data to formative/interim/summative assessments, good data is now an essential piece to effective teaching and learning.

Our most effective educators use student data to personalize instruction, ensuring that the lessons in the classroom best match with student needs and learning styles. Schools use student data to effectively manage everything from attendance to student discipline to teacher effectiveness. And school districts and states utilize the data to demonstrate the success of our schools, our teachers, and our kids. Good data is at the heart of all of these activities.
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