Today's learners will enter a world
defined by data. Data already plays a pivotal role in our homes,
our workplaces, and our communities. But in too many learning experiences
and classrooms across the nation data is not yet playing this crucial
This is a tremendous oversight. It is also an incredible opportunity.
Help us build data science education from the ground up and provide all learners the opportunity to thrive in a data-rich world!
Today's learners will enter a world defined by data. By
the end of 2020, there will be ten times as many bits of data in the digital
universe as there are stars in the physical universe. Already today, data
plays a pivotal role in our homes, our workplaces, and our communities.
But in too many learning experiences and classrooms across the nation
data is not yet playing this crucial role. This is a tremendous oversight.
It is also an incredible opportunity. The ability to understand and work
with data represents far more than the ability to manipulate numbers or make
basic charts. It is power to solve our greatest problems and address our
stark injustices. These are the skills that will shape humanity's future.
All learners need access to them.
Today's fourth graders are tomorrow's data scientists, data workers, and
data citizens. They will have jobs whose titles have not even been
invented yet. They will need to design solutions to questions society has
never before encountered. Right now, we're failing them.
The Messy Data Coalition is a broad-based group of teachers, parents,
professional organizations, researchers, curriculum and software
developers, policymakers, and industry members committed to actively and
equitably bringing data fluency to K-12 classrooms and learning experiences
We aim to bring data education to one million classrooms and learning
opportunities and 100 million learners in the next decade. As we do, we lay
the groundwork for a future filled by communities of data-informed
decision-makers and workplaces of data-fluent problem solvers.
We recognize that this data-fluent world is a completely new entity. We
acknowledge that today's data—and tomorrow's—is a far cry from
yesterday's. It is big, complex, unstructured: messy. And so are the
problems it represents. Preparing today's learners for this world of messy
data is an unprecedented undertaking. We recognize that teaching and
learning for data fluency will need to rise to meet the revolution that has
already transformed civilization and industry. We draw on a base of past
research, knowledge, and practice, yet strive to identify and tackle new
The Messy Data Coalition invites you to join the revolution. Only by
working together to coordinate, align, and create the necessary initiatives
and networks will we be able to deliver this crucial and urgent
transformation for teaching and learning. Come join the movement today.
Catalyzing K-12 Data Education - A Coalition Statement
As organizations, individuals, and citizens of the globe, we recognize
the important role data play in modern society from public health to policy
to personal lives. In the wake of the global pandemic, the need to
understand and work with data effectively is clearer than ever.
This moment also offers a rare clarity about the core pursuit of
education. As we build data science education from the ground up, we have a
grand opportunity. We can reimagine education in a way that avoids
reinforcing traditional patterns of injustice and provides
all learners the opportunity to thrive in a
As a united coalition, we hold that all K-12 learners—and all
those who work to serve K-12 education—should be able to:
Analyze, visualize, and communicate effectively with and about data, wrangling
messy data fluently to form compelling stories, powerful solutions, and
Apply and use data concepts within and across subjects, including within
mathematics, science, and statistics but also in art, language, history, social
studies, or interdisciplinary projects
Know and navigate the life of data, from its nature, structure, and human
origins to the ways it flows through social and technical systems, how it
becomes transformed to represent and communicate information, and how it
enables reasoning and decision making
Appreciate data's many associated complexities and limitations, including the
thorny issues of data equity, privacy, ethics, and fairness and bias of algorithms
And we commit to creating a world in which:
Learners across K-12 encounter immersive data experiences
with regularity from the earliest years onward, so that they develop
practical data skills and deep data habits of mind
Educators and parents see data as a medium of open
exploration, fostering opportunities for learners to engage in discovery,
investigation and modeling
Administrators and policymakers appreciate and support data
education, promoting policies—including high school graduation and
university admissions requirements—that remove barriers for learners
and ensure their future success
Publishers and creators of K-12 resources prioritize data in
the materials they create, placing nuanced treatments of data into central
Funders and influencers actively promote data education,
advocating for and funding efforts that ready learners for data-filled
lives and careers
We commit to doing this all equitably, recognizing that equal opportunity
does not inherently exist, but that we must actively create it together.
These precepts are essential—society's future depends upon the
actions we take today. We stand together as a coalition, committed to
unified action until they become reality.