Pursuing Data Justice

Next steps for developing the conditions to change practice

The Need

Data justice has the potential to transform our education system to create the conditions for all students to thrive. But how do we take the next step on our journey?

Federal reporting requirements — especially for students who identify as AI/AN and another race — lead to the erasure of “a majority of Native Americans and lumps them into a catch-all category with groups that have significantly different backgrounds and life experiences” (Maxim, Sanchez, & Huyser, 2023).

These requirements often impact how local, state, and regional agencies collect and interpret their data, too. In public education, inequitable data collection policies and practices mean that many Native American students are unable to receive the services and resources that they are entitled to through federal and state programs. 

The Resource

This blog details the steps the Oregon Department of Education took to get started on their data justice journey. We identified two key recommendations for improving policies and processes around data collection, analysis, and disaggregation: 

  • Identify measurable goals and create models
  • Examine current practices and develop recommendations

This blog was co-written by authors at Region 16 Comprehensive Center and Marzano Research.

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