Counting KIDS: Database Offers Promise

New York City made great progress in fighting crime by collecting data on crime and analyzing it. The desire to collect and analyze data has also spurred the Kansas State Department of Education to develop a database that can give teachers and administrators tools in identifying what is driving student achievement.

The Hutchinson News offers a story on KIDS, or Kansas Individual Data on Students. Under KIDS, each student has a unique 10-digit code  (numbers are used rather than names, to protect privacy). The project cost an estimated $350,000 to develop.

A year after its launch, educators slowly are beginning to realize the tools KIDS will provide, said data analyst Tony Moss, with the state education department.

“You can follow kids across time, and so you can see where kids come in at first grade, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and record that information,” he said. “If it’s well done, it starts telling you what works and what doesn’t.”

Source: “Databases a valuable teaching tool,”The Hutchinson News, February 19.


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