Updating the global scorecard
Maintaining the tool for now may have as much to do with the timeline -- collecting and validating the data is a months-long process -- and low level of staffing in the department as it does with any clear strategy from the administration.
But with another year in the books, it could become more likely that Education Secretary Betsy De Vos keeps the tool long term while putting her own stamp on the interface.
The group has pushed to have data from the Student Achievement Measure, which tracks student movement across higher ed institutions, to the site.
“The department pledged to include it, but it never happened in the previous administration,” he said.
“The biggest concerns can only be addressed by Congress,” she said.
For now, it appears that the most time-consuming work on the Scorecard -- collecting the data -- is going ahead without any significant changes by the department’s leadership.
“A lot of people are very invested in the College Scorecard tool itself -- not just for the website but for the data it provides.” Jamienne Studley, former under secretary of education, said the department developed the Scorecard at a time when many parallel efforts were shedding more light on outcome and results.
With staffing levels still low and a number of deadlines looming for decisions on Obama-era regulations like gainful employment and borrower defense, the Scorecard likely ranks low on the list of priorities.At least two million individual users have accessed the site and 100,000 students have done so in the last 30 days, he said.Academics and researchers have downloaded Scorecard data for analysis.“We think it’s critical for that data to be included.” Clare Mc Cann, another former Department of Education official, said some objections to Scorecard data could only be addressed by the creation of a student unit record system.The data don’t, for example, include outcomes for students who did not receive Title IV aid.