This week, Schoolzilla notified the school systems who are receiving awards in the first round of the Mosaic District Progress Monitoring Grant Program. We made awards to 27 school systems serving 235,000 students in 11 states. Recipients included San Francisco Unified School District, Bakersfield City School District, Hemet Unified School District, Battle Creek Public […]
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School districts today are collecting an increasing amount of data, and with that comes a growing desire to use that data to drive better outcomes for their students. The challenge is that while the data exists in stacks of paper on desktops and digitally in different academic systems, it’s not available in an aggregated form […]
Everybody seems to have a strategic plan… Experts like the Wallace Foundation and others have shown that great school districts must establish a strategic vision. And most school systems we talk to have a strategic plan, or are working on one. …yet most of us do not act on our plans. Despite […]
As data and academic leaders, how can you ensure the reports you’re rolling out become an integral part of your stakeholders’ practice? In our November webinar, Caroline Galindo and Mariel Matze from Schoolzilla shared strategies for how to successfully roll out reports that make an impact, with a focus on the following: Using roll out […]
The district CTO’s growing data privacy challenge: According to the Teacher Knows Best survey of over 4,000 teachers, “Virtually all teachers (93 percent) now use some sort of digital tool to help guide instruction.” Given education technology tools’ sudden rise to near ubiquity, it is not surprising that “for the fourth straight year, state legislatures […]
With the release of new state assessment results, district and school leaders are anxious to use their data and make decisions that will impact student achievement. In our September webinar, LaKeshia Richardson and Steve Taylor from Schoolzilla focused on the essential questions district leaders, school leaders, and teachers are asking when reviewing their data: Do […]
Building a healthy data culture is essential to using data effectively in schools. From leading principals’ meetings to hosting a district-wide data day, school leaders need to consistently explore, analyze, and share data to drive action. In our August webinar, Sarah Shoff and Jason Dolan from Schoolzilla focused on the key elements to building a […]
2013–2014 — Challenge: St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) was working hard to regain their full accreditation, after showing enough progress to regain provisional accreditation the previous year. But, despite SLPS’ strong data culture, district leaders recognized that their data tools were insufficient to provide “the right data on the right timeline,” leading them to issue […]
Using data in a district context is deceptively difficult—a classic case of “data-rich, information-poor.” According to a recent survey of over 4,000 teachers across the United States, over two-thirds of teachers (67 percent) indicated that they were not fully satisfied with the effectiveness of the data and tools they had access to on a regular […]
Data + design thinking rarely go hand-in-hand. But designing reports your users will love involves more than just creating a graph or chart. Designing intuitive, easy-to-use reports that engage users and enable data-driven decision-making requires taking a step back to ensure that your visualizations are addressing real user needs. In our June webinar, Maggie Goulder and Jason […]
Measuring the success of your change management initiative is critical in determining its effectiveness. Change management in education can be very difficult, whether you’re at a single-site charter school or a large traditional district. Bi Vuong, the former deputy CFO of the School District of Philadelphia (which she called “the District”), spoke at Schoolzilla’s Data […]
Good data visualization starts with two key ingredients: properly structured data and a great visualization tool. Schoolzilla provides school districts with the unique combination of a powerful data infrastructure and—via Tableau Software—an intuitive and beautiful data visualization tool. This combination allows district leaders to build and share the exact dashboards they need to answer the […]
Are you looking for ways to use data to identify key problems with simple solutions? Do you need examples for building tools and processes to address those problems and measure impact? In our last webinar, Adam Kishel, senior data analyst at Lawrence Public Schools—a 14,000 student district in MA that’s been widely hailed as a turnaround success—and Vlad […]
Leading a data day (or any session that relies heavily on data) is no easy task. From preparing an effective presentation, to delivering the session with relevant and timely content, to following-up with attendees to ensure data conversations are continuing well after the session has ended. In our last webinar, Steve Taylor and Sara Coffin from Schoolzilla […]
Schoolzilla is proud to support a growing community of educators who are committed to using data to pursue equity in their schools. There are many ways to define and measure equity. To take one example, Equal Opportunity Schools is a national nonprofit organization focused on the important issue of access to advanced courses, which can […]
As our K-12 accountability landscape shifts away from the No Child Left Behind act, which some complained was too narrowly focused on high stakes test scores and inadvertently incentivized educators to “teach to the test”, I am increasingly seeing efforts to redefine K-12 success in more holistic terms. Whether it’s the 11 civil rights organizations […]
Your school is preparing its budget for next year, and you’re interested in pushing forward on a new technology initiative. I’m stoked for you! Before you do, consider seven factors. In our 3+ years of impact and customer success at Schoolzilla, these factors consistently predict success for a school’s new vendor initiatives (e.g., data warehouse or new […]
Building a strong data-driven culture goes beyond a school’s willingness to use data to solve problems. Just like building a house, a school’s data culture needs to be built upon a solid foundation. To ensure you’re building something that is durable and sustainable, you need clear blueprints to outline your plans for developing and maintaining […]
In the month since Data Champion Summit, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on this year’s conference—thinking about the insightful conversations between Data Champions at the lunch table, remembering the powerful panel discussions with St. Louis Public Schools, KIPP Bay Area, and Harvard (just a few of many), and visiting the Data Champion HUB […]
At Schoolzilla, we sometimes receive questions from districts about which funding pools they can use to fund their data efforts. To that end, we thought it’d be helpful to share a few pointsfrom the US Secretary of Education made in a guidance letter sent to Chief State School Officers on February 2, 2016. This letter […]
For the past year, EdSurge has been researching key trends that are driving the K-12 edtech market through the lenses of its community of educators, administrators, entrepreneurs, investors, and policy makers. Schoolzilla is excited to have our CEO, Lynzi Ziegenhagen, featured as one of the subject matter experts spotlighting the importance of teaching social emotional learning to […]
Riddle me this: Where can you find exhilarating trivia, over 200 Data Champions, intense corn hole tournaments, and a live student band? Answer: Schoolzilla’s 2nd annual Data Champion Summit! (We even had to move venues this year after doubling in size from last year’s Summit!) Thanks to the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation’s generous support, […]
“Across all grades, students who missed more than 4 days at the beginning of the school year were over 16 times as likely to be chronically absent than students who were absent fewer than 2 days.” (Olson, 2014) “Nationally, children from families with low socioeconomic status with strong attendance gained more literacy skills than peers […]
With Schoolzilla’s Data Champion Summit just a week away, we’re gearing up for an amazing conference packed with robust professional learning and networking opportunities. To deliver the most relevant and impactful sessions, Schoolzilla has teamed up with other experts in the field to provide deep dives into specific domains of school data and management. Here’s […]
Happy New Year! Before we dive right into 2016, we wanted to take a look back and reflect on 2015’s highlights. Here are some fun numbers from 2015! We can’t wait to see where this year takes us. Happy 2016!
Sometimes people look at data alone, but often educators and school leaders engage with data as part of a “data conversation” with one or more teammates working together to unpack what the data means and decide what to do about it. By facilitating conversations about data, school leaders can foster an environment where educators are […]
What can you learn from a test before seeing your results? That’s the question that ANet founder John Maycock challenges educators to think about in this recent post. Don’t get us wrong, as a data company, we believe in the power of measurable outcomes. But it’s important for all of us to remember that the purpose […]
In less than two months, Data Champions nationwide will join us in Berkeley, CA for this year’s Data Champion Summit. What makes this the perfect opportunity for K-12 data enthusiasts, and how does this year’s summit differ from last years? Caroline Galindo, Impact Team Lead for Schoolzilla, shares all the important details. Q: What is a […]
On Monday, October 25, 2015, Schoolzilla’s VP of Impact, Dr. Leo Bialis White, hosted a webinar, Talking to Parents About Data, featuring Arleta Lopez, Assistant Principal at Clemente Charter School in Maywood, CA, and Dr. Sarah Wheeler, school psychologist in Piedmont Unified School District. You can download an audio recording of the webinar, or check […]
By this point in the school year, schools have lots of data that can support student learning, from formative assessments to newly released PARCC and SBAC results to grades, attendance and behavior data. Fall parent-teacher conferences present an opportunity to share and discuss these data with the people who know students best–their parents. Unfortunately, parents […]
In September 2015, Schoolzilla was honored to welcome St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) into our customer community. We’ll be working with SLPS to implement a “one-stop-shop” KPI dashboard aligned to the district’s Transformation Plan. By combining data from dozens of disparate sources into a live, flexible dashboard, Schoolzilla will enable SLPS to monitor its most […]
Based at Portland State University, Reclaiming Futures is a national organization whose work focuses on improving juvenile justice through research-based interventions. As they broaden their impact to include working directly within K-12 school systems, they are partnering with Schoolzilla to develop a suite of research-based, interactive dashboards designed to support the needs of students who […]
We recently sat down with designer Mayra Vega to her get advice on creating data dashboards that people will actually use. She told us that getting people to use the reports you create starts with reorienting your concept of user needs from nouns to verbs. Thinking of a need as a noun fast-tracks your thinking […]
The pain of summer learning loss has long been felt by educators across the country, with research on it dating back over 100 years.1 At Schoolzilla, we wanted to understand how educators are using data to gain insight into summer learning loss and what strategies they use to combat it. We recently sat down with […]
Schoolzilla’s powerful data warehouse and dashboard platform just got a makeover. Meet Data Wall, our new, more intuitive and visual interface. The good news: Our data warehousing and visualization technology will continue to automatically pull all your data into one secure place and allow you to create customized data dashboards. The better news: Now you can […]
Do you work in a school district’s central office and have a spreadsheet headache you’d like help with? Schoolzilla has partnered with a funder to offer 25 complimentary 1-hour consultations where you can learn spreadsheet tools and tricks. Spend less time cleaning and organizing data and more time getting actionable insights.
As schools await their Common Core test results, educators, instructional leaders and data analysts across the country have been developing thoughtful ways to understand their first Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) data. Schoolzilla reached out to some of these thought leaders to understand how […]
We’re honored to have been given the opportunity to contribute an article to Southeast Education Network (SEEN) magazine.
Our new College-Going Assessment Report Suite can help you keep your students on track for college!
We at Schoolzilla love This American Life (TAL), especially their education coverage. The recent episode “Three Miles” is a great example. It tells the story of three kids from a school in a poor NYC neighborhood who were part of a program that took them to visit a very fancy private school nearby. The three […]
We are proud to share that Schoolzilla is now officially a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). A PBC is a relatively new type of corporation that supports and protects companies striving to make a social impact.
We are creating an easier way for you to find, sort, and favorite the reports you find most useful. The demo version of this powerful Data Wall is now live! Demo Data Wall offers a sneak peek at the latest and greatest best practice reports on K-12 data. Get access now to see how some of the nation’s […]
Over 150 data champions, school and district leaders, and partners in education from across the country convened in Oakland last month for Schoolzilla’s inaugural Data Champion Summit. Attendees shared best practices, learned new skills, and expanded their networks of data-driven educators, making the event a resounding success.
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KIPP NYC’s regional data team was consistently hearing requests from its teachers and school leaders for an easier way to view student level data across multiple metrics. School teams wanted a more efficient and effective way to get a complete picture of individual students and conduct analyses of data from different sources. This case study […]
There is growing consensus that schools need so much more than annual standardized test scores to understand students and inform the teaching and learning processes. To holistically understand and help students, numerous classroom-level assessments that span different question types and delivery methods – along with behavior, attendance, intervention, and a host of other data points […]
Sometimes our partners say it best, so we created a video to highlight our work and – more importantly – the impact we strive to make possible for our customers.
Data Champions spend countless hours fulfilling compliance-related requests, which leaves little time for the analyses that will help students succeed. Schoolzilla helps districts automate compliance reporting, so their Data Champions can spend more time on work that will directly impact students and teachers. See a few examples below, or contact us to tell us how […]
Valuable input from educators, administrators, and data analysts guided Schoolzilla development efforts throughout the year. As a result, schools saved hundreds of hours in manual spreadsheet work, and teachers and administrators got more timely, actionable insights to benefit students.