Special Announcement: DQC Program receives National Recognition!!

The Data Quality Certification Program received national recognition when Education Secretary Arnie Duncan shared the following statement in a speech, “Some districts and states are demonstrating real leadership and thoughtfulness in these areas, and we all can learn from them. For example, the Kansas State Department of Education has developed an innovative data quality certification program to train staff on data quality practices and techniques, including privacy and security.”  

Click here to read the review and text of the speech.  

Welcome to the Data Quality Certification Program
The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has developed a Data Quality Certification (DQC) program with specialized tracks for data entry personnel, data coordinators, program staff, and administrators. These tracks include instruction on general data quality practices and techniques, as well as intensive role-based training with the KSDE web-based applications, including the Kansas Individual Data on Students (KIDS) system, and their support resources. 

DQC certification is not required it is a voluntary professional development opportunity for interested staff members.
Certification Requirements
The requirements for completion of the DQC certification program are different for each certification track but may include:
  • Participation in a brief orientation session
  • Participation in training sessions (in-person and online)
  • Completion of coursework/activities
  • Successful completion of a final certification exam or activity

In some tracks, participants will have approximately four to five months to successfully complete all certification requirements. Participants are required to maintain certifications annually by completing a refresher curriculum that may be offered online or in-person.

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Purposes of the DQC Program
  • To build a culture of quality data in the State of Kansas
  • To improve data quality and reduce the negative effects of inaccurate/missing data
  • To recognize the hard work and accomplishments of schools and districts in managing data
  • To reinforce that data management responsibilities are critical to an effective school environment and require a specific set of skills
  • To provide networking opportunities for school and district staff members from across the state
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