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Education governance: the role of data – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (LAEP Inventory)

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Rebecca Ferguson
11 February 2016


This document is a summary of a conference hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Tallinn, Estonia on 12-13 February 2015. The conference theme was ‘Education Governance: The Role of Data.’ The document outlines conference themes and provides a summary of keynote speakers, workshops and panels.


The conference included three keynotes speaker. The first, Marc Tucker from the National Centre on Education and the Economy in the USA, discussed factors necessary for good education governance.


The second keynote, by Kim Schildkamp from University of Twente in The Netherlands, highlighted the kinds of data that exist in education, challenges of using such data and potential solutions.


The final keynote, by Ms Birgit Lao-Peetersoo (Foundation Innove) and Ms Aune Valk (Estonian Ministry of Education and Research), looked particularly at data in education in an Estonian context.


A panel is also described, which discussed the tension between data that are available versus data that should ultimately be used in education. Additionally, four workshops are described, which covered developing data systems, data and trust, learning analytics, and the Estonian data system. The learning analytics workshop highlighted a scepticism on behalf of workshop participants that learning analytics would be able to deliver measurable changes in education. Also described was a general fear of exploitation of student data.


Inventory type:

good practice advice

Document source:

International Conference for the OECD/CERI Governing Complex Education Systems project (GCES)



Policy Context


General education




This paper is a conference summary and is not formally linked to explicit policies. The conference was part of a larger OECD project, Governing Complex Education Systems (GCES).

Maturity and Evidence of Utility

This document describes the keynote talks and workshop events during an OECD conference. Although it provides an interesting insight into speaker and participant views of learning analytics and the use of student data, the piece does not offer much empirical evidence or concrete advice for developing or implementing learning analytics systems. However, the video recordings of conference talks may be of use and value, which are available in full on YouTube.

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