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Parental Educational Decision Making: The Information They Seek and What They Want From Data Systems

by Ellen B. Mandinach, Ryan C. Miskell & Edith S. Gummer - 2020

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 122 Number 1, 2020, p. 1-42
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22944, Date Accessed: 9/30/2020 3:04:00 PM
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About the Author
  • Ellen Mandinach
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    ELLEN B. MANDINACH is a senior research scientist and the director of the Data for Decisions Initiative at WestEd. She has worked in the area of data-driven decision making for over 15 years to understand how to help educators use data more effectively. She has studied data use in classrooms, schools, districts, and state departments of education. Mandinach has served on numerous national advisory boards around data use. Her research interests include data literacy, data-driven decision making in education, the integration of data literacy into teacher preparation programs, and the use of data to improve teacher preparation programs. Her two most recent books are: Mandinach, E. B., & Gummer, E. S., (Eds.). (in press). Data for continuous programmatic improvement: Steps colleges of education must take to become a data culture. New York, NY: Routledge. Mandinach, E. B., & Gummer, E. S. (2016). Data literacy for educators: Making it count in teacher preparation and practice. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  • Ryan Miskell
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    RYAN C. MISKELL is a research associate in WestEd’s Learning Innovations program. His work involves the evaluation of programs implemented by schools, districts, states, and foundations to inform and improve educational policy and program decisions. He also provides technical assistance and training to school leaders and teachers to build capacity and improve programs. Recent work has included monitoring of the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter School Program and Magnet School Assistance Program grantees, evaluations of the special education programs of two school districts in Maryland, and technical assistance provided to three charter networks in Washington, DC. Mandinach, E. B., & Miskell, R. C. (2018). Blended learning and data use in three technology-infused charter schools. LEARNing Landscapes, 11(1), 185-200.
  • Edith Gummer
    Arizona State University
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    EDITH S. GUMMER is the executive director of the Office of Data Strategy in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. She has been a program director at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the National Science Foundation, supporting the funding of research and development in education with a specific focus on STEM education. Her research interests focus on the effective use of information to inform educational decisions ranging from instructional decisions in the classroom to educator preparation programs. She has been supporting the development of a research agenda in personalized learning with LEAP Innovations and serves on the advisory board of a number of organizations that support education entrepreneurs. Mandinach, E.B. & Gummer, E.S. (2016). Data literacy for educators: Making it count in teacher preparation and practice. New York: Teacher College Press: NY. Gummer, E. S., & Mandinach, E. B. (2015). Building a conceptual framework for data literacy. Teachers College Record, 117(4). Retrieved from http://www.tcrecord.org/PrintContent.asp?ContentID=17856
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