K-12 Data Task Force to Hold its First Meeting in Helena


Tuesday, January 14, 2014
By Allyson Hagen
406-444-3160

Helena, MT - The Office of Public Instruction will convene its 29-member K-12 Data Task Force on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The task force was established in Senate Bill 175, the public school funding bill of the 2013 Legislative Session, and serves in an advisory capacity to the Office of Public Instruction.

“The increased use of data to individualize instruction continues to be an important topic for educators, policymakers and Montana families,” said Superintendent Juneau. “The promise of using technology and data to improve student achievement must be balanced with ensuring the security of data and the privacy of our students.”

Meeting topics include: OPI policies for protection of student privacy; an overview of OPI data systems; demonstrations of Schoolnet (Pearson) and Mileposts (Silverback Learning Solutions); exchange of data between school districts and OPI; and a discussion of what parents, teachers, administrators and trustees want state and local data systems to be able to do.

The task force includes representation from legislators, school administrators, teachers, district clerks, district technology staff, trustees and parents. Its purpose is to review, monitor and provide input and guidance in enhancing the statewide K-12 data system.

The agenda for the Data Task Force meeting can be found here:
http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/Supt/K12DataTaskForceAgenda_01_15_14.pdf.  

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