Data For The People: What’s Next: Designing a Cradle-to-Career Data System for an Equitable California


Data can be a powerful tool for illuminating inequities and capitalizing on opportunities for students along their educational journeys. Governor Newsom and state legislators have prioritized the development of a statewide longitudinal data system. Now, it’s time to ensure community voices are incorporated at every step to keep the process grounded in equity.

As the development of the data system starts to unfold, we must ensure that equity sits at the center. Our new Data For The People Infographic outlines 5 key equity principles that should guide the development of a strong data system:

  • Using data to inform systemic, asset & equity-oriented change
  • Produce accessible, public-facing results and tools
  • Protect student privacy
  • Count all students and disaggregate data
  • Engage students and families

To truly ensure Data For The People, California’s data system must be developed with community involved in every step of the process. To learn more about the state longitudinal data system and find out ways to get involved in advocacy efforts, visit and join the conversation online using the hashtag #Data4ThePeople. 


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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.