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 […]
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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.
Schoolzilla’s mission is to change students’ lives by empowering people to use data to run great schools. In 2014, many people helped us expand our impact in pursuit of that mission. Since most of you like data as much as we do, here are a few stats to help illustrate that reach.
Panhandle Elementary School is considered a rural school by the state of Texas, and roughly a third of its 320 students are classified as economically disadvantaged. The school is also one of the highest-achieving elementary schools in Texas. Panhandle’s principal, Doug Rawlins, began his career as a football coach before teaching middle- and high-school science. […]
On August 17, 2014, the New York Times published an article titled, “For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights.” The article discusses the struggles facing several startups that offer products and services related to big data analysis. The article’s title refers to the critical and often unseen process of cleaning data to improve accuracy and usefulness. “Data scientists,” […]
In 1999, Aspire opened its first school in Modesto, CA. Fifteen years later, Aspire Public Schools is one the nation’s highest-performing school systems serving primarily low-income students, and currently serves more than 13,000 students from Kindergarten to 12th grade in California and Tennessee. For the last four years, 100% of Aspire graduates have earned admission […]
Rocketship Education is a network of K-5 charter schools serving about 6,000 students in California, Wisconsin, and Tennessee (new!). Approximately 90% of Rocketship students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Rocketship has earned national recognition for creating and scaling their innovative school model, which has consistently empowered students from low-income families to realize high […]
On June 17, the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation released a report titled “Schools and Software: What’s Now and What’s Next.” The report is a study of demand for and usage of technology among 30 small and medium-sized school districts, each serving approximately 2,500 to 25,000 students.
In early 2014, Schoolzilla joined a new movement of over 950 industry-leading companies committed to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk, and is certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social […]
Our community of customers inspires and empowers us – and is instrumental in developing the tools, reports and best practices we offer to schools nationwide. So we’ve decided to start sharing their stories with the “Partner Spotlight” series; to highlight what’s hard, what works, and how data-driven educators strive to make better, faster decisions to help […]
As we expand into our role as an independent, mission-driven organization serving schools nationwide, we are keen to continue the collaboration with our users, and to celebrate your hard work. From time to time, we’ll shine the spotlight on data champions who are thinking innovatively and helping to drive improvement in teacher effectiveness and student […]