Published on November 15th, 2016 | by Joshua New

How Data Can Help Fix K-12 Education in the United States

Data-driven innovation has the potential to transform education for the better by allowing teachers to meet the individual needs of each student, improving school efficiency, and creating a more evidence-based education system. For example, schools can use analytics in the classroom to better monitor student learning, offer insights to improve student achievement, and assess and reward teacher effectiveness. However, in the United States, the K-12 education system has been slow to act on this potential, which has contributed to lagging performance and disparities in educational outcomes. Today, the U.S. education system is ripe for being transformed by data, but this change can only happen if policymakers and educators address the cultural, political, and technological barriers to take advantage of the potential of data.

Join the Center for Data Innovation for a discussion on a forthcoming report examining how the United States can build a data-driven education system, the benefits of a data-driven approach, and how to overcome the considerable challenges these innovations face.

Date and Time:

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016, from 9:00-10:30 AM


  • 1101 K Street NW, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20005


  • Brendan Desetti, Director of Education Policy, Software and Information Industry Association
  • Sarah Holland, Public Policy Manager, Google
  • Paige Kowalski, Executive Vice President, Data Quality Campaign
  • Joshua New, Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation (Moderator)
  • Chip Slaven, Counsel to the President and Senior Advocacy Advisor, Alliance for Excellent Education
  • Tracy Weeks, Executive Director, State Educational Technology Directors Association

This event will be live streamed and recorded. Video will be available on this page on the day of the event. Follow @datainnovation during the event, and join the conversation using #datainnovation. 

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About the Author

Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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