Leading and growing any organization, especially an educational institution, requires more than just big data alone. If you cannot effectively understand the implications of multiple data sets, you may be missing opportunities to improve outcomes.
And when it comes to the education of our children and young adults, the stakes are high. Everything a school district or university does can directly impact the quality of the education it provides and the future success of the students in attendance.
But with data visualization permeating every market, decision-making can now be reinforced with easy-to-understand trends, correlations and graphs, thereby providing actionable insights.
Trends for Data Visualization in Education
Due to state and federal mandates, student data, such as attendance records, is already being collected at K-12 educational organizations. However, this information is not commonly being examined or used to its full potential.
Companies such as ours are partnering with schools around the country to detect students who are at risk for chronic truancy. By displaying the trends and the effects of attendance on a student’s grades and overall success, educational institutions can then pinpoint the causes of chronic truancy and create a plan to combat these variables.
The NYC Interagency Task Force, which began in 2010, used data visualization for schools to develop early warning flags for chronic truancy. They also initiated a plan, which included an effective mentoring program, as well as promotions for the awareness of chronic truancy. Students in these task force schools “significantly and consistently outperformed comparison schools in reducing chronic truancy.” This was especially true for students in poverty, making them 15% less likely to be chronically absent than students at similar schools.
District Wide Decisions
A useful way to gauge a student’s chances of succeeding at an educational institution is to consider the success rate of that school’s previous and current students.
Utilizing our flexible dashboard software, we can display data from multiple sources, including enrollment, assessment scores and detentions. This gives administrators a high-level, strategic view, allowing for better, more informed decisions. As such, educational professionals can use this data as a benchmark, finding schools that are succeeding and then emulating their practices to achieve the best results.
Dashboards can also be used externally for board of directors, parents and the community. With an increased focus on transparency for budget, student assessment and school site performance, public facing dashboards are becoming more popular amongst districts to demonstrate student success.
High Level Insights for Higher Education
There are many facets to the operation of any college or university. Every department, from admissions to finances to facilities, has a unique set of goals, challenges and KPIs. With so many data sources and so many moving parts, visualization is key to ensuring that administrators understand the big picture.
With self-service dashboards, administrators can view the dashboards that pertain to them on their desktops, access them from anywhere on any device and receive alerts when thresholds are crossed directly to their mobile devices or email.
Our education dashboard software is providing universities and school districts around the country with the key to unlocking better insights from information. Student success dashboards help provide digestible tracking of important metrics such as enrollment, retention and graduation rates. Facilities dashboards can give operations personnel real-time reporting on energy consumption, building utilization and maintenance costs.
The implementation of data visualization techniques in the education industry can be a big step forward in addressing the myriad of challenges facing schools across the country. When it comes to developing the minds and skills of the next generation, can we really afford not to make the best decisions we can?
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