To dig into data and policy to support student success in school

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Deb Albus researches issues and policies that affect students in schools, primarily focusing on students with disabilities, students learning English as a second language, and students who overlap across these populations. For more than 20 years, Albus’s work has been committed to accommodations and accessibility for testing and instruction, achievement gap data, and carefully assessing graduation policies for students with disabilities and students with significant cognitive disabilities. Add to these her focus on Title III AMAO requirements (Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives), and participation policies for alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards and you begin to see Albus’ dedication toward the goal of making sure every student has the opportunity to succeed.

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Research Fellow

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With an aptitude for data analytics, Albus collects and analyzes policy information across 60 states and territories to see whether key issues for these students’ success in school are being addressed. She also assists in the process of sharing this research with other states through various communication modes intended for policymakers, educators, advocacy groups, state department of education staff, federal offices, and other audiences.

“When we see positive policy and practice shifts at the local, state or national levels – especially as a result of NCEO's work – that inspires each of us. Fair and appropriate education policies impact students’ academic lives, and their future paths in life.”

One of the ways Albus communicates the rich data sets that she works with is by developing NCEO’s Data Analytics report series. These interactive, online series of reports put the power of data in the reader’s hands. 

“These reports allow users to explore the underlying data in our reports. I work with colleagues and authors on how to best present the data to complement our regular reports, collaborating to prioritize content and building choice into user navigation and data displays. In offering the data with enhanced visuals, new insights can be gained from seeing patterns in the information affecting students that otherwise might be overlooked. Such patterns may include achievement gaps across states, or how states differ in their policies on graduation for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. We work to connect meaningful broad-scope data on topics affecting students at the local level, to support their success in school.”


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