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Rebecca Ferguson
11 February 2016


This report, subtitled ‘Implications for Policy and Practice’, was published in 2014 by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a US-based policy and advocacy organisation dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work and citizenship.


It explores trends and policy enablers and barriers to adoption of effective learning analytics at Federal, State, and School District level. It goes on to describe opportunities and make recommendations aimed at policy-makers and education leaders. These recommendations are, in outline:

  • Develop a clear understanding of the potential and rationale for learning analytics.
  • Build capacity for the implementation of learning analytics, including development of a culture of informed decision-making, infrastructure, and human capital.
  • Identify and develop policies to support and enable learning analytics, including aspects of privacy, technology procurement and teacher development.
  • Develop funding models to support learning analytics.
  • Conduct research to support the capacity building and policies critical for learning analytics, to study adoption and emergence of effective practice.


Inventory type:

analysis of policy-related issues

Document source:

Alliance for Excellent Education: non-governmental policy and advocacy organisation supported by several philanthropic foundations


policy, practice

Policy Context




national: USA


The Alliance for Excellent Education is concerned with a broad range of policy issues that it believes underpin the achievement of its mission.


The report is explicit in identifying existing policies at Federal and State level that are relevant to adoption of learning analytics and calls for these to be reviewed and implemented in ways that enable rather than inhibit the adoption of effective learning analytics.

Maturity and Evidence of Utility

The report is a credible assessment of the US school policy space, having been produced by a combination of Alliance senior staff and associated consultants, with a track record in education and educational policy innovation and reform, who drew evidence from 13 interviews of public policy experts and school district senior staff.

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