Data and Information Systems

We envision new forms of data and information systems that will enable Wisconsin educators, students, and families to provide equitable access to personalized and engaged learning opportunities. We see four levels of infrastructure design that will enable these new forms of teaching and learning which leverage digital tools. To accomplish the vision, Wisconsin needs:
  • to create information systems at the state and district level that allow for data aggregation and customization;
  • to build new forms of data analytics that provide users with access to complex data sets through visualization and data reduction methods;
  • to explore new forms of assessment that give policy-makers, school-level leaders, teachers, students, and communities both formative and summative information on learning progress; and
  • to provide room for educators and community to participate in next generation learning networks, such as social networking and wiki participation, that connect people together in learning projects.  
Our vision requires that:
  • access to resources needs to be “platform agnostic”;
  • resources are interoperable;
  • we recognize the data system has multiple users and the need to cultivate what users want out of the system including customized data containers for a variety of types of data;
  • we minimize barriers to access student data for guardians and parents;
  • student performance on learning tasks will follow the student through their educational career providing them with a learning portfolio;
  • interoperability extend across new data sources including social media via methods such as APIs to build new warehousing and visualization tools and other apps;
  • there will be a vision for how dashboarding and data analytics could change the fundamental idea of a report card; and
  • data systems allow for predictive analytics to help teachers select the best learning activity that ensures the maximum opportunity for student success.
Integrating each of these levels into a common agenda will give Wisconsin a coherent vision for data and information technology planning for education.