Student Information System
Early Childhood Outcomes Decision Tree (Updated 11/15)
There has been a growing awareness that effective teaching,
efficient schools, and quality data are linked. A "Culture
of Quality Data" is the belief that good data are an
integral part of teaching, learning and managing the school
enterprise. This guide was developed by the Forum's Data
Quality Task Force to help schools and school districts
improve the quality of data they collect and to provide processes
for developing a "Culture of Quality Data by focusing
on data entry—getting things right at the source. The
quality of data will improve when all staff understands how
the data will be used and how data become information. This
guide will show how quality data can be achieved in a school
or district through the collaborative efforts of all staff.
The NCES Nonfiscal Data Handbook was developed to provide guidance concerning the consistent maintenance of student, staff, and education institution information. This handbook presents standard data elements and definitions describing students, staff, schools, LEAs, and SEAs in early childhood, elementary, and secondary education.
A general overview of privacy laws and professional practices that apply to the information collected for, and kept in, student records. The document provides background on the key principles and concepts in student privacy, summarizes Federal privacy laws and any recent changes to them, and suggests good data management practices for schools, districts, and state education agencies.