Aimee Guidera, head of the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), was just named by TIME magazine as one of twelve education activists to watch in 2012. The DQC is a national organization dedicated to promoting the use of high-quality education data to improve student achievement. The group helps states implement “longitudinal data systems” that track student test scores from pre-K to college. These systems provide a wealth of information that guides the state’s decision-making process and education goals.
TIME anticipates that 2012 will be a big year for Guidera and the DQC. This year, the group plans to ramp up its efforts to tie state decision-making to longitudinal data, and it will also work to align participating state’s data collection to the Common Core State Standards.