State tracks data on students, but are they using it effectively?

Connecticut tracks students through a comprehensive data system, but a report released this week says the state still has a lot of work to disseminate that data in a timely fashion to teachers, parents and principals and to create progress reports for individual students.

Thirty-three states currently provide information on student’s past performance and measure growth over time, according to Data Quality Campaign, a Washington-based nonprofit group that promotes data use in education.