Despite collecting large amounts of student data in multiple systems, Galena Park had been unable to combine their student data into a single view.
“We had data in Skyward, our Student Management System, and Eduphoria for testing and Renaissance Learning, Teams for employee data, iStation and some others. But if you wanted to get a one kid view you were going to lots of different places to pull it together.”
Now the district integrates all their student data with SchoolStatus and uses the combined visualizations to make proactive decisions for their students. Additionally, Galena Park leverages the communication functionality within SchoolStatus to engage parents via call, text, and e-mail—all without giving out the educator’s personal contact information.
District leaders recognized that disparate data sources were a major factor for a disappointing ‘C’ rating.
“We are not a ‘C’ district, but we didn't know what steps we needed to take,” asserts Jennifer Mulkey, Director of Assessment and Accountability. “Our teachers were teaching as hard as they could. They were following their scope and sequence, the vertical alignment—they were doing their PLC's—everything the gurus say to do to get your scores up.”
Principals and district level staff at Sanger Independent School District had a common problem, they had to go to several different places to get the information they needed to make informed decisions for student improvement. What they wanted was a means of having it all pulled together in a way they could visualize the data and take immediate action.
After another unique year of quarantine interruptions and remote and/or hybrid learning, school districts are expanding their summer programs to bring grade-school students up to speed and get seniors across the finish line. Funded in large part by the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, it is estimated that this year’s summer programming will be more expansive than ever before. [READ MORE]
“We know that there’s learning loss. Everyone is going to have learning loss,” says Chief Academic Officer Patty Cooper. “But we don’t want to make excuses.” Cooper is one of many K-12 school district leaders in the U.S. striving to make sense of what has gone on during the pandemic. In the course of a few weeks in early 2020, schools across the nation pivoted to remote learning, and instruction came from the U.S. Department of Education that state assessments would be waived. “Students need to be focused on staying healthy and continuing to learn. [READ MORE]