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The Challenges and Opportunities of Assessment Data Collection, Quality, and Use in Primary Grades (K–2) (STATS-DC Data Conference)

Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Location: National Center for Education Statistics 2021 STATS-DC Data Conference, “All Data on Deck! Using Data to Improve Education Through the Pandemic” (virtual)


In this conference presentation, REL Midwest researchers and staff members from Chicago Public Schools discuss the challenges and opportunities of collecting and using assessment data in early primary grades (K–2). Chicago Public Schools staff share lessons learned from efforts to implement a common assessment in these early grades across their schools and to support teachers to collect high-quality data and use these data to drive instruction. REL Midwest staff share insights from collaborative projects with districts focused on selecting a common high-quality early literacy assessment and on accurately assessing dual language learners in primary grades.

Partnership: Midwest Early Childhood Education Research Alliance


  • Peter Leonard, Director of Student Assessment, Chicago Public Schools
  • Cassandra Davis, PreK–3 Assessment Manager, Chicago Public Schools
  • Jodi Chernoff Jacobson, PhD, Principal Researcher, REL Midwest
  • Jennie Jiang, Researcher, REL Midwest