EDAC Data Burden Survey
Background: Over the past few years, the call to reduce local education agency data burden has been getting louder. Organizations have been increasing advocacy to limit the time and resources spent on data provision by the local education agencies they represent. The efforts that have been done are not enough. The Education Data Advisory Committee (EDAC) has heard the concerns. The alarm has sounded! Local education agencies (LEAs) do not have the resources to complete the numerous data submissions/collections, especially when there is no perceived value or relevance. Growing frustrations are mounting about the volume of work needed to complete the existing submissions/collections. EDAC is taking action!
Goal: EDAC’s desired outcome is to lessen data burden. In the 2017-18 school year EDAC will assess burden, relevance and usefulness of all ‘mandatory’ and other select perceived time-intensive submissions/collections. A one-time voluntary survey has been designed to quantify the time designated submissions/collections take, determine the value/relevance and measure the usefulness to inform policy/research of each. Include results in EDAC’s 2017-18 annual report to the State Board of Education and Education Committees of the House and Senate as well as a standalone study.
Plea: Please take the time to make your LEA voice heard and help EDAC identify burdensome and non-relevant data submissions/collections.
The 5 W’s of the EDAC Data Burden Survey
Who? Local education agencies which complete data submissions/collections.
What? The EDAC Data Burden Survey is a one-time voluntary survey that has been designed to quantify the time selected submissions/collections take across Colorado, determine the value/relevance and assess usefulness to inform educational policy/research of each.
When? Monday, November 6, 2017 through Friday, February 9, 2018
Where? Your choice . . . office, library, gymnasium, local eating establishment, etc.
Why? Completing the large number of Colorado data submissions/collections takes an inordinate amount of time and resources, especially when there is no perceived importance.
How? Select one individual to coordinate the effort. The chosen coordinator may want to independently work with each collection respondent or may choose to bring members together for a collaborative survey effort. Please note that there is a tab within the worksheet that includes an introduction and instructions.
Thank you for taking the time to complete EDAC’s survey before Friday February 9th. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jan Rose Petro at email@example.com or 303-866-6838 or Dennis St. Hilaire at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-866-6840.