This morning, in testimony before a joint congressional hearing on student data and privacy, Thomas C. Murray, state and district digital learning director at the Alliance for Excellent Education, said student data can be used effectively to strengthen student achievement and personalize learning for individual students while simultaneously maintaining high levels of student privacy.
To better support educators in effectively using data to improve instruction while also protecting sensitive student data, Murray recommended that Congress use funds from Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. He also urged Congress to use caution as it explored policy around student data and privacy.
Murray’s testimony coincided with the release of Capacity Enablers and Barriers for Learning Analytics: Implications for Policy and Practice, a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education.
The report offers suggestions for how states, districts, and schools can build and improve capacity to reach the full potential of learning analytics. An executive summary of Capacity Enablers and Barriers for Learning Analytics: Implications for Policy and Practice, as well as the full report is available at http://all4ed.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/LearningAnalytics.pdf.