Seasoned business leader Christian O’Meara heads Logic20/20, a business technology consulting firm, recognized as one of Seattle’s best workplaces three years in a row. Christian O’Meara co-founded the solutions development company in 2005. Today, Logic20/20 provides tools, guidance, and resources to develop data driven solutions for different types of clients including schools and government organizations focused on education.
Advanced data analytics play a crucial role in evaluating and developing educational policies that result in higher student achievement. Modern technology has reduced the time period between data collection and analysis, which enables policymakers, educators, parents, and students themselves to make decisions based on up-to-date information. For example, data can determine the impact of school voucher programs on college acceptance rates or the best type of instruction to improve outcomes. Data analytics can also determine if educational attainment goals set at the district, state, or federal level are being met and identify the specific metrics related to achievement. This data will help move major decisions about education policy away from anecdotal and ideology-based evidence to more objective quantitative indicators.