Advancing Equity Through Data Justice

Lessons learned from data justice work with the Oregon Department of Education

The Need

Data are an invaluable asset to educational systems — but what happens when data don’t accurately represent the students, families, or communities the system serves?

Equitable data use begins with equitable collection and identification: when students’ identities remain invisible, so too do their needs and experiences. When we begin to see students in the totality of their identities, we can close opportunity gaps, improve access, and design systems where every student can thrive. But how can state education agencies start down the path toward data justice?

The Resource

This blog analyzes the results of qualitative data from interviews with staff across the Oregon Department of Education. We identified four key recommendations for moving toward data justice at state education agencies:

  • Deepen collaboration
  • Improve access
  • Train staff
  • Build capacity
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