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Puget Sound ESD Data Capacity for Equity Partnership

The Data Capacity for Equity Partnership will foster shared and tailored learning opportunities about existing excellent data use practices in South King County. During the first two phases of the initiative, we will build on current data use initiatives and aim to address data access and use capacity among schools, extended learning organizations, early learning providers and school partnerships. Led by the Strategy, Evaluation & Learning team, the Partnership will promote efforts among districts, schools, community-based organizations (CBOs) and early learning providers to foster learning from daily practice and transferring that knowledge that can lead to systematic improvement.

Regional change is needed to improve both data access and use. When schools are able to share data about students with other programs serving the same students, organizations can work together to improve outcomes. When schools and organizations use various kinds of data (quantitative and qualitative) to understand root cause of students’ opportunity gaps, educators are more likely to be productive addressing systemic issues. The lack of disaggregated data has also been an excuse to ignore the needs of students, especially students of color. The Partnership is envisioned in two phases:

  • Phase One
    Discovery and Co-Design across the Road Map Region — we will document regional needs and identify bright spots that could serve as models. At the end of Phase One, the Partnership team will convene partners and community stakeholders to co-design investments in Phase Two.
  • Phase Two 
    Learning Community and Professional Development — we will support the creation of a learning community and professional development. The grant includes funding for potential pilot investments in data coaching, learning community and standalone trainings. Lessons during this phase will inform what will be a proposal for a larger scale plan to support data access and use across the Road Map Region.   

Our efforts aim to increase promising approaches rooted in racial equity that promote data sharing and organizations’ cycles of inquiry. This investment will be guided by the following principles:

  • Strengthening capacity for using data that addresses adult and system-level beliefs, attitudes, and actions that create the conditions that influence academic outcomes
  • Strengthening capacity for using data that addresses the whole child
  • Supporting organizations in implementing rapid cycle evaluations of innovations
  • Intentionally connecting with several regional, statewide and national organizations

We are collectively working toward a transformation of our education system. This means that children and families — especially children and families of color — experience a racially just and humanizing school system in which they can achieve their highest potential. Transformative data practices can contribute to this change.

Please contact Hilary Loeb for more information.