What is ELDA?
Schools and districts are awash in data, from more traditional data sources such as test scores, grades, attendance, discipline reports and surveys, to more recent innovations such as intelligent tutoring computer systems, computer interaction logfile data, and multimodal instrumented instructional spaces. Education Leadership Data Analytics (ELDA) helps school leaders make sense of the data that are collected on students and schools on a daily basis through applying current big data, data mining, and data science analytic techniques to educational issues that are important to teachers, principals, superintendents, parents, and most importantly, students.
Data Analytics and Decision-making in Education: Towards the Educational Data Scientist as a Key Actor in Schools and Higher Education Institutions
In the recently published chapter in the book Handbook of Contemporary Education Economics (Open Access Version), Tommaso Agasisti and Alex J. Bowers outline the importance of using data that are increasingly available to guide decision-making in education institutions, ranging from the federal and state policies at the system level to pedagogical and instructional decisions in schools and classrooms.