Strengthening Community Schools Through Improved Data Systems
At a time when students of families living in poverty have experienced the worst of the economic trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, community schools have reemerged as a promising intervention for addressing lack of access to quality education and economic prosperity. Policymakers are making investments in scaling up community schools; effective use of data will be key to the success of the expansion. This brief details findings from a 2021 research project that involved collaboration between the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the University of Southern California Center on Education, Policy, Equity and Governance. The brief provides recommendations for effective implementation of a data system designed to provide academic and community-level data that can ultimately be utilized to address community-specific needs.