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Data collection and use in early childhood education programs: Evidence from the Northeast Region
Early childhood education programs face increasing pressures to collect data, about both teachers and children, and to use those data to make decisions (Yazejian & Bryant, 2013). Research supports the potential value of using data in education settings for multiple purposes (Crommey, 2000, and Earl & Katz, 2006, as cited in Datnow, Park, & Wohlstetter, 2007). But little is known about whether or how early childhood education programs use data for these purposes. This study explores how early childhood education programs are collecting and using data, how they would like to use data, how they could use the data that they have, and the challenges they face in these efforts. These tasks were accomplished by interviewing administrators and teachers at seven preschools in a mid-sized city in the Northeast Region and by analyzing child data already collected by two of these preschools. (author abstract)