Education Data Done Right
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Education Data Done Right

Lessons from the Trenches of Applied Data Science

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Across the country hundreds of data scientists and analysts are working for thousands of education agencies trying to help schools, school leaders, and education systems as a whole function more effectively. The work they do is critical to everything from scheduling classes and evaluating programs, to managing enrollments, strategic planning, and making the laws that shape our public education infrastructure at large.

This book is for them. For their work. For the struggle.

Lots of pundits and researchers have ideas about how education data work should be done and who should do it. Many of their ideas are disseminated widely. But, there are far fewer places for education analysts themselves to share their ideas, to describe their challenges, or to cover their efforts to do good science in the everyday.

We wanted to bring the voices and the work these folks do to the forefront, so others among them could learn from the hard fought advances they’ve made and that benefit us all.

This book is by folks who’ve been agency analysts for folks who are agency analysts.

And we hope it is just the beginning.

About the Authors

Jared Knowles
Jared Knowles

Hi. I'm Jared Knowles, founder and President of Civilytics Consulting. You can learn more about Civilytics Consulting’s work, our clients, and our history on our homepage. You can also follow Civilytics on Twitter or subscribe to our monthly newsletter, the Civic Pulse.

I'm a statistical programmer and social scientist with experience in R programming, analyzing administrative records, machine learning, and data visualization. I've also taught R programming and statistical computing to a wide array of audiences.

I formerly served as a research analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. I completed a PhD in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015.

Jared Knowles

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Dorothyjean Cratty
Dorothyjean Cratty
Wendy Geller
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Table of Contents


Metadata and Business Rules

An Analyst's Guide to IT

Data Requests: You Can Make them Useful (we swear)

Politics and Data Driven Decision Making

Moments of Truth: Why Calculating Descriptive Statistics Is Actually Some of the Most Important Work You’ll Do

Applying Tools of the Trade: Descriptive Data Commands in Context


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