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The ten different elements have actions with varying levels of difficulty. Action five asks states to put in systems that make it possible for educators, parents, students, and lawmakers to have information about students while at the same time protecting the student’s privacy. Sometimes the main difficulty of the different elements is the cultural shift necessary to carry them out. Action nine asks states to establish policies that help educators understand, analyze, and use the data that is being provided to them. Only three states have accomplished all seven pieces of action 9, and they are Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Teachers need to know how to use this data before they enter the classroom but so far very few teacher programs are teaching this information. The Bush Foundation is investing $40 million through partnerships with teacher preparation programs in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to help prepare educators to use this data.