It’s been a little over a year and a half since the coronavirus changed the face of education. Since schools throughout North America were thrown into the deep end of e-learning, forced to go fully remote and fully virtual.
At this point, it’s clear there’s no going back to the way things were before COVID-19. Even as students begin to return to school and classrooms once again host lessons, the infrastructure put in place during the pandemic remains—as do the lessons learned.
The pandemic showed us what the education sector could be. It demonstrated the potential of digitization to revolutionize learning. It proved how data, leveraged effectively, could be used to improve lesson plans, build deeper relationships with students and parents, and ultimately, promote better outcomes.
Achieving those outcomes requires that your district do more than deploy a few software platforms. It necessitates a cultural shift. Only by embracing data-driven education can your district truly realize its potential.
Doing so, however, requires that you first understand why data is so valuable, and how it might be leveraged.
For even a single student, a K-12 school district will, by virtue of recordkeeping, generate a figurative mountain of data, including:
As you might expect, this means that tracking a student’s educational journey through traditional processes is shockingly complex. There are countless moving parts, with coordination between multiple departments, teachers, and administrators. This frequently culminates in bits and pieces of information scattered across multiple data silos.
All of this makes achieving a big-picture overview of a student’s performance nearly impossible. Each teacher must instead rely exclusively on what they know of the student from their interactions in the classroom.
And while it’s certainly true that a teacher’s intuition can go a long way towards helping a student learn, it cannot replace the insights gained from tangible data.
So, what’s the takeaway here? It’s simple. Successful school districts must learn to embrace a data-driven culture if they want to stay agile, strategic, and capable of meeting the needs of modern education.
Let’s start by making it clear that the idea of embracing a data-driven culture doesn’t mean you need a team of data scientists. Instead, it’s about using the data you collect to make informed decisions.
Consider the following questions:
Traditionally, faculty must rely on incomplete information, conjecture, and anecdotal evidence to answer these questions. Because the relevant data is spread across so many departments and systems, they don’t really have much choice. A data-driven school district ensures all this information is stored in one central location and readily accessible.
Through analysis and visualization, districts then empower their schools and staff in a multitude of ways:
Data-driven school districts enable deeper student engagement, more effective teaching, and better allocation of resources and investments. But how does one go from traditional to data-driven? And how can your district embrace data science?
We recommend starting with the following process:
Once you’ve laid the necessary cultural groundwork for your school district’s shift towards data science, the next step is finding the tools to support that shift.
Built with the unique needs of K-12 school districts in mind, the Edsembli Ecosystem takes a data-focused approach to improving outcomes and promoting efficiency at every level, from classroom to boardroom.
With customizable reports, easy visualization, powerful automation, secure auditing, and student management, we’ll provide you with everything you need to support a renewed focus on data—and in so doing, help a new generation of students find its footing in the world.
Are you ready to create a data-driven culture in your school district? Get in touch with one of our specialists today to get started.