Education's Data Management Initiative: Significant Progress Made, but Better Planning Needed to Accomplish Project Goals

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "As a condition of receiving federal funding for elementary and secondary education programs, states each year provide vast amounts of data to Education. While the need for information that informs evaluation is important (particularly with the No Child Left Behind Act), Education's data gathering has heretofore presented some problems. It has been burdensome to states because there are multiple and redundant requests administered by a number of offices. In addition, the resulting data supplied by states has not been accurate, timely, or conducive to assessing program ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. October 28, 2005.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "As a condition of receiving federal funding for elementary and secondary education programs, states each year provide vast amounts of data to Education. While the need for information that informs evaluation is important (particularly with the No Child Left Behind Act), Education's data gathering has heretofore presented some problems. It has been burdensome to states because there are multiple and redundant requests administered by a number of offices. In addition, the resulting data supplied by states has not been accurate, timely, or conducive to assessing program performance. To improve the information by which it evaluates such programs and also to ease states' reporting burden, Education in 2002 initiated an ambitious, multiyear plan to consolidate elementary and secondary data collections into a single, department-wide system focused on performance. Given its importance, we prepared a study, under the authority of the Comptroller General, to provide Congress with information on its progress."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Education's Data Management Initiative: Significant Progress Made, but Better Planning Needed to Accomplish Project Goals, report, October 28, 2005; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc301138/: accessed December 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.