The American educational system can gain a lot by using more data to interpret how students are progressing and what teachers can do to improve. If the goal is truly to leave no child behind, then chief information officers should personalize the educational experience by analyzing data about each and every student.
Many CIOs in education have been hesitant to use more analytics in their operations, but a few innovators are showing a willingness to change the status quo. According to Information Week, one such maverick is Daniel Domagala, who’s in charge of information technology for the schools of Colorado. That state is now four years into its Relevant Information to Strengthen Education (RISE) program, which gathers and analyzes data about 860,000 students, 2,000 schools and 178 districts. The program was recently featured at an MIT symposium on data quality.