Organizing Security Protocols

February 17, 2017

By Dr. Ramiro Zuniga

There is no doubt that just about everyone has been thinking about data and network security across the K12 spectrum.  I have had recent conversations with School Board Members, parents, school district auditors, solutions vendors, and many school district security personnel.  It seems that every conference that I have recently attended has some presentation of discussion on security protocols.
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Topics: technology, Privacy, CTO, data, K-12, data security

Dashboarding 101

January 17, 2017

By Justin McKean

The buzz around dashboards continues to grow, and, as I travel the US providing demonstrations, more and more educators are interested in learning what dashboards can do for them.  I am going to walk through what a data dashboard is, why they are becoming so popular, and then lay out my 5 tips to get started. 
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Topics: Superintendents, CFO, CTO, data, K-12, Dashboards

5 Steps to Data-Driven Decision-Making

December 13, 2016

By Joel Hames, Vice President, Product

A few months into the school year, and the first day of school feels like ancient history. Students are navigating the campus with confidence, teachers are knee-deep in their curriculum, and administrators are busy with the day-to-day challenges of keeping hundreds (or thousands) of students safe and ready to learn. While many focus on the operational logistics required to keep our schools running, effective leaders are digging in on what happens in the classroom. And when you do so, you can quickly become overwhelmed by the amount of data available. From attendance numbers to assessment scores, class sizes to intervention plan milestones – every bit of information about students can become another bit of information to be collected, organized, and analyzed.

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Topics: Superintendents, Best Practices, CTO, data

Five Keys to Becoming a Data-Driven District

November 21, 2016

By Dennis Pierce

Pennsylvania’s Radnor Township School District has consolidated its data silos within a single platform [ read their story HERE], a process that took a few years but has been worth every minute. Now, teachers and administrators have only one place to go to analyze student achievement data, which has helped inform their instruction—and Director of Technology Byron McCook shared five keys to the district’s success.
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Topics: Superintendents, Best Practices, CTO, data

How One District Simplified Its Data Use—and Transformed Instruction

November 1, 2016

By Dennis Pierce

In the mid-2000s, Radnor Township School District in Wayne, Pa., was like many other districts: Its student data were scattered among several disparate software programs, such as a special education system, a student information system, and various curriculum programs. “We had silos of data,” says Director of Technology Byron McCook. “It was difficult to get a composite snapshot of a student, to assess where that child might be on the learning spectrum.”

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Topics: Superintendents, Best Practices, CTO, data

Capitalizing on Summertime

July 10, 2015

By Heather Lewis, PerformancePLUS Educational Consultant
Ahhh, summertime! When I was a kid and dreamed of being a teacher, one of the selling points I made to my second- and third-grade friends (who did not have the love of school that I did) was, “But you always have summer vacation!” How silly, right?

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Topics: education, data, K-12, performanceplus

Five Keys to Building a Data-Driven School Culture

July 8, 2015

By Dennis Pierce
Developing a data-driven school culture, in which educators routinely use student achievement data to plan instruction and support continuous improvement, requires a number of deliberate steps.

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Topics: education, data, K-12

Four Ways to Discover Why Students Can't Do Fifth Grade Math

August 19, 2014

By Heather MacCorkle Edick, M.S.Ed

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Topics: standards, data, assessment, curriculum, data teams