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Data Quality Program

The Massachusetts Data Quality Program is designed to help both data collectors and data users understand and address the issues that may affect the production of high-quality data. It provides lesson guides, instructional handouts, and material tailored to the specific needs of the K-12 schools and districts. These materials will help your organization develop a culture for improving the quality of your data.

This is not an individual training. We ask that a team of personnel from each district attend. This could include the data enterers, data specialists, guidance counselors, principals, and superintendents. The goal is to have the key players who manipulate data in any way, to collaborate as a team in order to establish a quality culture of data in their district.

When an effective data entry and collection environment exists, staff will spend less time and money correcting errors and more time on other tasks, such as the instructional program. This can happen when all those involved in the collection and use of data are communicating, when all those involved respect the contributions of the staff who enter the data, and when all staff understand how the data are used. In fact, it depends upon building a culture of data quality.

The following video explains why a culture of data quality is so important.

Why Data Quality is Important

       Overview of Agenda
  • Security and Confidentiality
  • Data Coordinator Responsibilities
  • Understanding Business Rules
  • Developing A Data Calendar
  • Types of Data Errors
  • Communication and Professional Development

As an additional resource, refer to the posted extract from the program's handbook, Download PDF Document  Download Word Document Establishing a Culture of Data Quality - Pre-Work, An Extract from the Data Quality Program Handbook 2012

The Data Quality Program is now required for all districts and the program will be held on a regular basis throughout the state.

Please feel free to contact Melissa Marino if you have any questions.

Last Updated: December 19, 2014
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