Pat Bush, the Delaware Department of Education’s director of technology resources and data development, was recognized on the list of this year’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education (CDE). The CDE’s recent edition features Bush and highlights his work on Delaware’s Education Insight Dashboard.
In the forward of the edition, Alan Cox, CDE’s senior vice president, noted that the Top 30 are K-20 education leaders who are transforming learning through the innovative use of technology. He says CDE’s Top 30 are “true pioneers who are reshaping education by thoughtfully harnessing the power of technology. The future of America is in the hands of its educators and CDE is honored to recognize those leaders who have a common interest in meeting the individual needs of students while supporting 21st-century learning tools.”
The publication recognized Bush’s commitment to foster collaborative communications within Delaware and across the country with other district and state technology leaders. “I believe that through collaborative, parallel, and standardized development efforts we can deliver technology solutions faster and in a more consistent, meaningful way that is both cost effective and sustainable,” Bush says, advocating for clear communications, enterprise architecture, and performance data solutions.
Delaware’s Educational Insight Dashboard epitomizes those attributes.
Implemented in 2012, the Education Insight Dashboard aggregates data from many sources, like eSchoolPLUS, to create a consistent, contiguous view of student-based data, metrics, and information. The dashboard is provided free of charge to all Delaware public school districts and charter schools. It serves more than 6,700 users and provides performance information for more than 130,000 students.
“It is a powerful tool for administrators and educators to improve instruction based on data-driven decisions and support meaningful discussions during professional learning communities and parent conferences,” said Bush in a recent in discussion with SunGard K-12 Education. “It highlights different performance information about students—attendance, discipline, mark reporting, and historical test scores, for example. Teachers can then quickly evaluate student performance. It’s really a data view for teachers and district administrators to make good solid decisions on how to address student needs, quickly and efficiently.”
The Education Insight Dashboard is based on the Ed-Fi standard. Delaware was the second of now more than 20 states to sign on to that standard. “What it is, in the truest sense, is a collaborative effort. So the things that we develop in terms of metrics definition here become part of that collective. It’s kind of like an open source group for states and dashboard work,” explains Bush.
SunGard K-12 Education congratulates Pat Bush for this well-deserved honor!