data (n) : pieces of information; information

Thanks to the Internet, data has significant value. Data builds information, information builds knowledge, and knowledge builds wisdom (In my humble opinion, lessons must be learned through application to produce true wisdom.).

Data has infiltrated and currently controls the direction of local school districts, individual schools, and even students through an on-going plethora of assessments. Let us not forget that some of this data is freely available to the public.

I am sure that one day, data of teachers will be next in being released such as salaries, attendance,  class performance, professional accomplishments, etc. to be accessible by anyone.

As an educator, I must be comfortable with my professional data. Of course, sometimes data hurts. As we tell our students, it is up us on how others perceive us even if data is involved.