On-demand software tracks academic performance - Tech Learning

On-demand software tracks academic performance

As elementary and secondary school students continue their fall term, innovative school districts are looking at more than just day-to-day performance data to gauge student progress.
Author:
Publish date:

As elementary and secondary school students continue their fall term, innovative school districts are looking at more than just day-to-day performance data to gauge student progress. Institutions such as the Columbus City School District use an on-demand business intelligence (BI) environment called Learning Circle(SM) to scrutinize years of quarterly assessment data through interactive reports and dashboards, helping educators manage, interpret, and communicate academic performance.

Nationwide Insurance developed the application in conjunction with Learning Circle Education Services, using Information Builders' BI and enterprise integration technology to gather the raw data, transform it into applicable information, and present it in a user-friendly format.

Learning Circle supports a strategic planning process that begins with an assessment of the current academic status of schools, classrooms, and students. It retrieves data from various achievement databases, analyzes it according to appropriate state and federal compliance standards, and presents it in reports that highlight trends within a school system, an individual school, or a particular grade level. The reports also provide insight into the type of assistance each school and student needs. Educators can make observations based on district, school, grade, classroom, and student performance; drill down into the data to see more details; and visually assess needs, deficiencies, and challenges using Learning Circle's interactive charts and graphs.

An evaluation by The Ohio State University shows the positive impact Learning Circle has had within the Columbus City School District, the largest public school district in Ohio. According to this study:

  • 93 percent of principals surveyed indicated that reports were easy to use and share with teachers and curriculum specialists
  • 90 percent of respondents could tie a specific improvement to Learning Circle and its absence would have a negative impact on their work
  • A positive correlation exists between a strong school improvement plan and advancement in student outcomes, specifically in the performance index

At Columbus City Schools, which has approximately 49,000 students in 118 schools and an operating budget of more than $1 billion, Learning Circle connects thousands of teachers and administrators to student assessment, attendance, and discipline data along with links to research-based instructional strategies. Formerly, educators had to look in multiple locations to assess aggregate student achievement or drill down by subject. Now they can compare end-of-year baselines to quarterly assessment results, with a couple of clicks, to measure and track progress throughout the year.

"We used to give our principals big stacks of notebooks," said Dr. Gene T. Harris, superintendent, Columbus City School District. "Now they can analyze this critical data themselves via interactive dashboards."

Featured

Related

SciLEARN On Demand released

With one click, schools can now access technology based on more than 30 years of brain research to accelerate learning for students working at, above or below grade level.

Performance Pays

from School CIO Denver Public Schools CIO Ed Freeman talks about the district's groundbreaking teacher pay-for-performance system. Q. Tell me more about the system. A. It's a system we built in-house, called ProComp, and it has been implemented over a five-year period. Over a third of the teachers have

Image placeholder title

What’s Next for Academic Software

“Schools and software: What’s now and what’s next,” a study from The Clayton ChristensenInstitute for Disruptive Innovation explores how smaller school systems are partnering withsuppliers to get customized solutions that meet their districts’ needs, and how they affordthose solutions.

Mansfield ISD improves reading performance

To help struggling readers and boost student performance, the Mansfield Independent School District (MISD) in Mansfield, Texas has invested $1.7 million in Scientific Learning’s Fast ForWord products, to be used by the district’s 37 elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools.

Title I school best performer in Idaho district

Students at Discovery Elementary who used a reading intervention program achieved significant gains on the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI). As a result, the Title I school now ranks as the top performing school in Idaho's Bonneville Joint School District No. 93.