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Florida recognised for data quality

Rachel Wheeler Archive
Florida was one of 11 states recognized for their longitudinal data systems by the Data Quality Campaign.

The databases are used to monitor student progression from preschool through to college and the comprehensive system used by the Floridian educational service passed the rigorous criteria with flying colours.

Dr Eric J Smith, the state's education commissioner, said that "data collection, while complex to talk about, is essential when it comes to tracking student progress and measuring the effectiveness of our schools".

He added: "Florida has spent considerable time building a system that produces useful and accurate information and I'm honored that we’ve been recognized for our achievements."

The Data Quality Campaign represents a national push to advocate an improvement in the collection, quality and public availability of data on education in each state.