Toward a True Educator Pipeline: A Radical Rethinking of Data Collection and Analysis
The current treatment of educator pipeline data may best be categorized as compliance-focused and episodic, and it leaves big ideas, true change, and collaborative effort out of the equation. Even in states that are beginning to analyze their educator pipeline data systems, outdated analytics capabilities and persistent data silos interfere as much as they facilitate.
There’s a lot of room for improvement, and now is an ideal time to undertake the shifts in thinking and systems that will facilitate education optimally now and offer scalability and adaptability for years to come.
How the Educator Pipeline Falls Short
The current approach to educator data leaves untapped opportunity—for meaningful partnerships, efficient deployment of state resources, and improvements arising from best practices in other industries, to name but a few.
What Outdated Practices Miss
Data systems in use now are set up to ask questions that do little for continuous improvement purposes and fail to allow for complex analyses of indicators of effectiveness or strategic planning around the educator pipeline.
Solving the Educator Pipeline Problem
With an enhanced data landscape, more nuanced policy questions can be explored, and targeted solutions can be crafted to address specific needs. Data collection shifts from a compliance-driven activity to one focused on continuous improvement.