In all but 4 states, multiple state agencies govern ECE programs, with no single body managing data collection and use. The lack of data coordination creates a communications gap within states on what is collected, and if or how data is linked to other data systems. For example, K-12 survey respondents are more likely than ECE survey respondents to indicate that linkages between ECE and K-12 data systems exist.
A single state governance body establishes a vision, goals, and strategic plan for building, linking, and using data to support continuous improvement. It also sets policies on common data definitions and standards, staff training requirements, who has access to data, and data quality controls such as spot checks and audits.
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