The US Department of Education recently unveiled a user friendly way to see data on 16 key educational issues. The CEC Policy Insider reports that the Dashboard is a little light right now on special education and disability data (I concur, but that should improve in the future) and notes that current indicators reported on the Dashboard include:
I took the Dashboard for a test drive and was not too impressed. For example, when looking at the
Over all, in comparison to hunting down educational statistics on http://data.ed.gov/ or http://ies.ed.gov/data.asp, this was a nice simplification. But until more information is pumped into this dashboard, the usefulness is rather limited. With so many companies such as Google, Facebook, and even Walmart mining data, it’s too bad that we have to be stuck with such elementary data analysis tools.
What are your thoughts on the Dashboard – leave a comment and let me know.