The No Child Left Behind program instituted by the Federal Department of Education is a fine example of data quality challenges. The intent is admirable: to make sure that all children in America receive a basic education. The challenges come into play with implementation and execution. In my opinion, the biggest challenges revolve around data quality and management! Here is a closer look at the program from a data perspective.

Some states have a history of being progressive with their own standards and accountability. These state education agencies and school districts have already been through the rough learning curve of collecting and validating data and thus were in a much better position to make decisions to implement No Child Left Behind program. However, for many school districts, the challenges of data quality are just beginning to emerge.

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