Washington, DC, is home to budget surpluses, cutting-edge education strategies, and state-of-the-art school facilities, but many students are still falling behind. Coordinated data collection and independent analysis are critical for understanding why. Though significant progress has been made in recent years, stakeholders still do not have access to all the information they need to support all students.
The Urban Institute, with the National Academy of Sciences, brought together policymakers, practitioners, parents, and nonprofit service providers to discuss the next generation of education data and research in Washington, DC. Panelists discussed the community’s need for better data, research, and evaluation, and explored how researchers can help DC’s education leaders, teachers, and parents better support students.
David Grosso, chairman, education committee, DC Council
Kaya Henderson, chancellor, DC Public Schools
Hanseul Kang, state superintendent of education, Washington, DC
Jennifer Niles, deputy mayor for education, Washington, DC
Scott Pearson, executive director, DC Public Charter School Board
1:15 p.m. -- Registration and refreshments
1:30 p.m. -- Welcome
1:45 p.m. -- Panel 1: What are the DC community’s needs for better data, research, and evaluation? How are data used outside of schools to affect policy, funding, and collaboration?
2:45 p.m. -- Break
3:00 p.m. -- Panel 2: Are we making progress? What initiatives are working? How can researchers help DC education leaders better support students?
4:00 p.m. -- Panel 3: What data and research do education leaders, teachers, and parents need to improve their work with students?
5:00 p.m. -- Closing discussion: Research-practice partnerships
5:30 p.m. -- Event concludes