July 06, 2006 12:19 ET

ETS and SETDA Release a Free Toolkit to Help Educators Leverage Data to Impact Teaching and Learning

PRINCETON, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 6, 2006 --ETS and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released today a free informational toolkit of resources that will assist educators at the state, district and school levels to leverage available data to impact teaching and learning.

"The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation has caused schools, districts and states to collect more data than ever before, but are we using that data to its full potential?" says Peter Robertson, Executive Director of ETS's Elementary and Secondary Education Division. "With these resources, SETDA members are provided with leadership tools to support systemic uses of data to improve teaching and learning. The resources and recommendations will help educators use the data that is already being collected for federal and state reporting purposes to improve teaching and increase student achievement at the district, school and classroom level."

The toolkit, called "Using Data for School Reform," includes:

--  Independent research conducted by ETS that supports the need for
    statewide data systems, which SETDA members can use to make their case to
    state-level policy makers
--  A policy recommendation regarding data for the reauthorization of NCLB
--  Case studies on statewide data systems from five states
--  Leadership documents and sample templates that help state-level tech
    directors explain the benefits of why statewide data systems are so
    important to the success of schools today including the opportunity for
    cost savings, individualized instruction, and consistent reporting methods
"Many states are moving to statewide data systems, but to date only a few districts and states are truly using data to change teaching and learning," said SETDA's Executive Director, Mary Ann Wolf, PhD. "As states develop plans for data infrastructure, the end goal should always be about increasing student achievement."

"Using Data for School Reform" is one component of SETDA's 2006 Leadership Summit Toolkit and is available free online at


The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association for state directors of technology and their staff members providing professional development and leadership around the effective use of technology in education to enhance competitiveness in the global workforce.

About ETS

ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers and scores more than 24 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at

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