Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

What information and high-value data should we provide to make our agency more accountable, improve public knowledge of our work, and create economic opportunity? How can we make information and data available in a timely and accessible manner?
(@derrickjohnson)

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The Recon Project

I would propose the ability to allow society to vote on the issues at hand. In an era where the majority has the internet (email,facebook), a cell phone, or landline we no longer need Neilson polls, and News statistics, we have the ability to vote and have our say be heard and accountable. Our politicians have the means to actually represent there constituents. A voter should be able to have an account where they can... more »

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(@jenniferatwood)

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Renaissance in Education rebirth of Arts/Woodshop/Home Economics

In order for our children to compete with the rest of the world we need to bring back the valuable subjects of Art, Woodshop, and Home Economics. We need to teach our children how to create with their hands. Did you know the Arts teach kids to be more tolerant and open. - allow kids to express themselves creatively. - promote individuality and bolsters self-confidence. - provide an alternative to delinquent behavior... more »

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(@jaorangemen)

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The Department of Education should live webcast all meetings

The Department of Education should live webcast all meetings for proposed rule making and regulations where the public comment should take place. They should make these meetings available for on demand viewing and have the ability to have that content be indexed for video search. By doing this the public and stakeholders will be able to see the inner workings of the rule making process and make the content and proceedings... more »

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(@adamm.smith)

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Adopt longitudinal studies core practice.

Several other ideas in this list question the efficacy of traditional grades, but how are we to be sure one way or another? The obvious answer is to control with randomized longitudinal studies that follow select students through their entire educational career. These studies let you make meaningful (though qualitative) comparisons across grades and institutions and are a source of ideas numerical approaches aren't designed... more »

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(@adamm.smith)

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Schema (data format) for student performance records

Come up with a relatively general-purpose schema for encoding records of a student's performance in a sharable data format. The schema should be flexible enough to support some local customization by institutions but rigid enough to allow instant import of foreign sources. This schema should be paired with anonymization guidelines so that institutions can feel comfortable exposing this data to the public and other bodies.... more »

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(@adamm.smith)

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Universal district maps

I'd love see all of the local school districts overlaid, as polygons, on a Google map. It is hard enough just to get to view the exact boundaries of our local districts, so trying to draw conclusions about the layout of neighboring districts becomes near impossible, let alone making comparative studies across regions. If district bounds were available as a standard data-set, third parties could mash up other data layers... more »

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