Advocacy & Guiding Principles
PESC is working to become the voice for the efficient and secure real-time exchange of student data from initial access of the student from high school into the college environment through successful completion of the education experience and into the workforce.
PESC is driving the collaborative development and alignment of data across disparate systems and across sectors; and, eliminating incompatible interfaces that disrupt student achievement and inflate costs for institutions, states, government agencies and schools struggling to keep up with the demands of technology while maintaining competitive tuition and/or spending rates.
PESC's strength and influence are derived from the direct actions and participation of its membership and collaborating within the Education community continues to bring us closer to our mutual goals. By joining PESC, you join the rest of the education technology, data, research and policy communities in this mission.
PESC Guiding Principles
- No single law or mandate can standardize Education in its entirety
- Transparent, collaboration - our cornerstone principle - through PESC, a neutral objective third party, levels the playing field and allows a trusting, centralized environment
- "Coopetition", creation of an environment of "cooperation among competitors" for the greater common good of student achievement, emerges as the unifying value
- PESC community agrees to not compete on data exchange...that the education network/super highway is a necessary commodity
- Standards development is consensus-based and implementation is voluntary
- PESC community agrees to compete on price and service
- PESC itself does not benefit from the standards agreed upon by the education community
- Ability to rely on consistent, accurate data standards saves time, money, and frees administrators up to focus on the needs of students
Shifting Paradigms Affecting Data Standards
- Major characteristics of students including the length of time for study among other traditional aspects are no longer the majority factors
- Each year the rates of transfer students, adult learners, and dually enrolled and simultaneously enrolled students are increasing
- Policy makers are promoting the need and importance of data driven decision-making
- To facilitate student achievement, barriers preventing easier access to longitudinal data and data alignment along the entire student lifecycle P20W must be overcome
- Real-time data exchange and inquiry demands are emerging