New book covers the ins and outs of doing education data analysis well in public education agencies from the perspective of three analysts with decades of experience in the field.
Boston, MA — October 7, 2019 — Wendy Geller, Dorothyjean Cratty, and Jared Knowles – three data analysts with expertise in public education agencies – have teamed up to write a new book which covers the missing elements that are critical to success in building data capacity in education agencies. The book is intended for education agency data analysts, teams of analyst, and data managers, strategists, and leaders seeking to improve how their agency operates.
Many education agency data analysts come from a social science research background and the transition to work inside agencies can come with a lot of new challenges. This book is a guide through those challenges covering topics such as metadata, data requests, how to work with IT, politics, and descriptive data analysis.
The book covers these topics with wit and humor and a perspective only possible from authors who’ve been in the trenches and gotten the work done. Each chapter was reviewed by another expert in the field who gave valuable outside perspective and broadened the horizon of the book to ensure its relevance for agencies across the country.
The book is accompanied by a website where analysts across the country can get in touch and suggest contributions for planned future volumes. On the website you can also learn more about the biographies of the authors and each of the contributors. Education Data Done Right (EDDR) is available now digitally on LeanPub with a suggested price of $15: www.leanpub.com/eddatadoneright Print copies available at Amazon.
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.