Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance: Data Inventory Overview

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Author: Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest

Price: Available free online
• Published: 2014    • 15 pages   

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To help researchers locate, access, and evaluate the data they need, the REL Southwest created data inventories for six of its research alliances. The Louisiana Charter Schools Data Inventory, developed by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest, identifies data available at the federal, state, and local levels to support research on charter school quality and effectiveness in Louisiana. Agencies at all levels collect a wealth of data that can be used to conduct education research and inform education policy and practice. 

This document provides an overview of the Louisiana Charter Schools Data Inventory, which is in a separate Excel spreadsheet available upon request (see sidebar). The data inventory includes information about data collected and maintained by the Louisiana Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, and other organizations. Data elements included in the inventory focus on students from kindergarten through high school, with a specific focus on charter school student outcomes. The data inventory is tailored to the needs of the Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance.