GDOE, UOG and GCC collaborate on Guam ‘One Stop Data Village’

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The Guam Department of Education (GDOE), University of Guam (UOG) and Guam Community College (GCC) are collaborating to develop the Guam One Stop Data Village (GOSDV).

GOSDV is a State Longitudinal Data System that will link GDOE’s pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (Pre-K-12th) student information with postsecondary student data from both UOG and GCC. The GDOE received a four year and $3.25 million grant to build the data infrastructure from the National Center for Education Statistics earlier this year. Superintendent Jon Fernandez is the chairperson of the GOSDV Executive Council, which includes voting members UOG President Dr. Thomas Krise and GCC President Dr. Mary Okada.

The GOSDV will strengthen the partnership between GDOE, UOG and GCC with the aim of providing policymakers and education practitioners quality information across Guam’s education system. This synchronization will provide a one-stop library of quality data that will enable researchers to conduct studies that support data-driven policymaking. An example of some research questions that may be answered through the development of the GOSDV include the following:

  • What factors impact student transition from secondary to postsecondary education? (A specific area of interest is analysis of factors including limited English proficiency (LEP), poverty level status, minority race/ethnicity, homelessness, at-risk status, or special needs status.)

  • Is the ACT Aspire (GDOE’s district-wide assessment) a good predictor of success in postsecondary education? (Analysis may include factors such as gender, ethnicity, LEP status, poverty level status, and special needs status.)

  • What proportion of students is college ready upon graduation from high school as measured by proficiency in GDOE achievement tests, UOG and GCC tests?

  • What levels of middle school achievement are associated with success in high school and college? (Analysis may include factors such as gender, ethnicity, LEP status, poverty level status, and special needs status.)

As part of this effort, the GOSDV Research Agenda Workshop will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom video conferencing. Media are welcome to attend.

“The ultimate goal of the GOSDV is to make available data to improve education outcomes by helping students raise their achievement and successfully transition after high school,” GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said. “We are excited to get this project underway beginning with the workshop this Friday and look forward to facilitating quality research that will influence our decision-making, and which we hope will improve the educational outcomes for our students.”

“Through the collaborative efforts of all three educational institutions, the GOSDV will provide us with the data to shape policy decisions, including teacher preparation and support services needed to ensure student success,” GCC President Dr. Mary Okada said.

“The Guam One-Stop Data Village project is helping all of us involved in education in Guam to improve student outcomes and to support students all the way through their educational journeys.  The information we collect is helping Guam become a better educated and more skilled community,” UOG President Dr. Thomas Krise said.

For questions regarding this project, please contact GOSDV Project Director Dr. Zenaida Natividad at znnatividad@gdoe.net.

(News release from Guam Department of Education)

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