States Need to Embrace Data-Driven Education

Daniel Castro January 18, 2017
January 18, 2017

When it comes to education, we are living in the dark ages, writes Daniel Castro in Government Technology. Even as the technology-driven march of progress continues to reshape industries from automakers to financial service providers, the forces of innovation come to a screeching halt at the doors of most schools. Instead of using data to personalize instruction, most educators adopt a one-size-fits-all strategy that fails all but the most “average” child. Instead of using analytics to make schools more efficient, school administrators rely on intuition. And instead of implementing evidenced-based education policy, school boards merely follow tradition. This needs to change, and making this change will require states to bring a new level of technological sophistication to their school systems.