Washington, D.C. -- Federal and state governments need to do far more to increase the accessibility of education data, open data advocates said during a Jan. 7 event organized by the congressional eLearning Caucus.

openA more open approach to educational data, officials said, would better inform lawmakers on higher-ed policy issues and presumably lead to sensible legislation.

"Many states are so far from having accessible and machine-readable data, it's crazy," said Samantha Olivieri, director of data strategy at GreatSchools.org, a website that collects school rankings data.

The discussion was the fifth event...

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