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BI Tool: The “Quick Lookup” Report

BI Tool: The “Quick Lookup” Report

Last month, in recognition that September was Attendance Awareness Month, Scott Johnston-Roark, Romulus Community Schools’ District Data Coach, shared his “Attendance Update Parent Report” with the Illuminate BI Tool community. The report is beautiful in its simplicity. Most importantly, the report represents a model for (A) getting the right data to the right people at the right … Continue reading BI Tool: The “Quick Lookup” Report

How a Unique Border-Town District Defies Demographics

How a Unique Border-Town District Defies Demographics

Serving the entire city of Yuma, Arizona—a town near the Mexican border with a population just under 100,000—the Yuma Union High School District (YUHSD) consists of five comprehensive high schools and one alternative high school. The majority of students in the district are economically disadvantaged and Hispanic. Seventy-three percent of YUHSD students are eligible for … Continue reading How a Unique Border-Town District Defies Demographics

The Importance of Setting-Level Data in an Early Warning System

The Importance of Setting-Level Data in an Early Warning System

Identifying students in need of extra support is just one of the benefits of using an early warning system (EWS). As High School Graduation and College Readiness Indicator Systems: What We Know, What We Need to Know makes clear, an EWS should also “systematically focus, guide, and assess school improvement” and “hold schools accountable for … Continue reading The Importance of Setting-Level Data in an Early Warning System

What Does MTSS Even Mean?

What Does MTSS Even Mean?

Presented by Jaime Harris – Transcription Below Introduction Welcome to the Illuminate Whiteboard Series. I’m Jaime Harris. I am the Co-Founder of eduCLIMBER. I am a practicing school psychologist, and I’m also the Product Manager for Data Visualization here at Illuminate. Today, we’re gonna be talking about a multi-tiered system of supports or MTSS. So … Continue reading What Does MTSS Even Mean?

Student-Level Data in an Early Warning System: Less is More

Student-Level Data in an Early Warning System: Less is More

In the last post, we discussed the importance of using just a few proven early warning indicators (EWI) to avoid overwhelming teachers, administrators, parents, and students with unnecessary data points. We learned that attendance, behavior, and course performance are far and away the best indicators of student outcomes, and that these “ABCs” should form the … Continue reading Student-Level Data in an Early Warning System: Less is More

“Just Don’t Give Up!”: Advice from an Air Force Colonel to Schools & Educators

“Just Don’t Give Up!”: Advice from an Air Force Colonel to Schools & Educators

In August 2018, I was blessed to conduct four hours of professional development for school leaders, teachers, and staff of the Lewis Center for Educational Research (LCER). The LCER oversees two charter schools: Norton Science and Language Academy in San Bernardino, California, and the Academy for Academic Excellence (AAE) in Apple Valley, California. During the … Continue reading “Just Don’t Give Up!”: Advice from an Air Force Colonel to Schools & Educators

From Data Dolt to Superhero: Leveraging Micro-Data Trends for Personalization

From Data Dolt to Superhero: Leveraging Micro-Data Trends for Personalization

This brief was published originally by The Learning Counsel. It addresses the data issues that keep leaders from getting to real personalization from data collection, and provide the five steps to becoming a data superhero. Micro-data is an observation data-point collected on an individual subject—a statistical unit, as in one question with answer, one quiz, … Continue reading From Data Dolt to Superhero: Leveraging Micro-Data Trends for Personalization

BI Tool: Attendance Update Parent Report

BI Tool: Attendance Update Parent Report

Illuminate BI Tool Blog is back for the start of the new academic year, and this month, in recognition that September is Attendance Awareness Month, we’re focusing on a powerful attendance report created by Scott Johnston-Roark at Romulus Community Schools. After most of us (hopefully!) were able to get some much needed rest in July, … Continue reading BI Tool: Attendance Update Parent Report

Developing a Data Strategy for Early Warning Indicators

Developing a Data Strategy for Early Warning Indicators

In my previous post, I discussed the ways in which early warning indicators (EWI) and early warning systems (EWS) are designed to advance an equity agenda. By identifying at-risk students early and providing them with additional supports to help them reach their highest potential, these tools enable more students to experience the rewards of steady … Continue reading Developing a Data Strategy for Early Warning Indicators

Taking Stock of Your Assessment Program

Taking Stock of Your Assessment Program

Will Your District Provide Quality Data to All Stakeholders This School Year? As school districts prepare for the start of a new school year, it’s very likely that district administrators have not completed a detailed inventory and gap analysis of their district assessment program. Informal surveys of districts completed over the last 10 years indicate … Continue reading Taking Stock of Your Assessment Program