The Obama administration announced in September that the U.S. Department of Education would take action to protect students from being harmed by school districts that use data from the National Student Clearinghouse’s (NSCLE) Student Cleansing Data to grade students based on their grades, test scores, and other information.
The action, which is part of the U of I’s new federal student data policy, was part of a broader effort to help students avoid school districts’ data misuses.
But as of today, students can still use the NSCLE Cleanser to track their grades and other data.
The U ofI’s policy was announced to help the UIC system make better use of the data by providing it to students and their parents, who can access the data through a link in their dashboard.
“This will provide the information students need to get the most from their education,” said Mark Wyden, UIC’s vice president for information services.
“It will help us keep our students in the classroom and will help students in every district to get an education that meets their educational needs.”
The policy also will help schools use NSCle Cleansers more efficiently.
It will also help schools to better track student progress, and students will be able to compare data from both their own NSCLeanser and the Nscle Cleaning Service to make informed decisions about how to improve their educational environments.
“We want to make sure that we are utilizing the information that we have, to get students to the classroom, to give them the best possible learning experience, and to make those decisions about whether they go on to complete their degree,” said Wyden.
Wyden said the policy will also give students the ability to track data about their school district’s progress in meeting its academic goals.
“We want students to know what the district is doing and what they can do to make their school a good place to go to graduate from,” he said.
“I think we need to take a hard look at how we’re utilizing these data, and it will make us better at that.”
Widen said that students who use the Cleanservice will have access to a dashboard, which they can view through a Link in their UI or through the UI Help, where students can track their school’s progress and view their data.
He said the Cleaners also will allow students to see their scores on the NScle Clearing Service, which will allow them to see how their peers’ scores are doing.
UIC students will also be able see their NSClear scores on their dashboard, but it will be on a separate page.
Wyden said that for students who are using the NSLLE Clearing service, the Cleaning service will not have access, and that students can choose to keep their Cleanserve data and the data of their NSLlear score.
Widen said the UI also is working to make its NSCllear score data more accessible, adding that it will release data about NSLle scores from the current year in September.
The UIC policy is just the latest step in an effort by Wyden and his administration to help improve students’ educational outcomes and help them avoid misuses of school district data.
Winthrees was named the 2012 George E. Bush Jr. Scholar in Information Technology and the president of the National Association of Secondary Education Administrators (NASSED).
In June, Wyden was named one of 13 people who will make up the National College Access Commission, a group of educational technology leaders who will be charged with promoting the use of data in education.
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