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Call for Applicants: Education Data Champions of the Year

The Data Quality Campaign Seeks Policymakers, Advocacy Organizations, State Leaders, and School Districts Using Data to Change Lives For Students

Washington, D.C. — Applications for the Data Quality Campaign’s (DQC) 2015 Data Flashlight Awards are now open. DQC is seeking candidates who have demonstrated a focus on using education data at all levels to support families and educators in their efforts to improve student achievement.

“We look forward to recognizing the work of great leaders from around our nation. They understand why education data matter, and their success demonstrates how critical leadership is in the effort to effectively use data to answer critical policy questions, empower others, inform continuous improvement, and ultimately, increase student achievement.” said Aimee Rogstad Guidera, President and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign. The award categories are:

  • The District Data Use Award recognizes places that are using data to answer questions, empower educators, and transparently communicate with parents and the public.
  • The Advocacy Organization Award recognizes outstanding work by a national or state-based nonprofit organization in promoting effective data use in education by engaging with stakeholders and building a broad base of support for data initiatives, programs, and policies.
  • The State Data Leader Award recognizes a state data leader for the creation or stewardship of a state data system that serves districts with tailored information that allows educators, families, and communities to make informed decisions and take smart actions appropriate to their roles.
  • The State Policymaker Award recognizes a strong vision on the part of a state policymaker, such as a governor or state legislator, in promoting a culture of data use within education through the implementation of a policy or program, engagement with stakeholders, and securing external support.

 Submissions will be accepted through March 6, 2015. The winners will be announced this fall.”

The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national advocacy organization committed to realizing an education system in which all stakeholders—from parents to policymakers—are empowered with high quality data from early childhood, K–12, postsecondary, and workforce systems. To achieve this vision, DQC supports state policymakers and other key leaders to promote effective data use to ensure students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and the workplace.  For more information, visit