One School District’s Response to Declining Enrollment

  Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify.   Sam Kirk is the Director of Finance and Operations at Armstrong School District in western Pennsylvania. As industry has dwindled, student enrollment in the district has taken a hit as well.   In this episode of Field Trip, Sam shares his experience grappling with the financial realities these […]


3 Steps in Developing Your Referendum Strategy

Each year brings a new adventure for school district administrators. And for some districts, that means tackling a new referendum with their community.   While the district may fully understand the need for a referendum, often the challenge is justifying it to the local taxpayers, who may not understand the resource needs and constraints of […]


Telling Your Student Story to Your School Board

Our students’ experiences are the heart and soul of every educational institution. They embody the successes, challenges, and growth that happen within our school walls every single day. As superintendents and school business officials, it’s our responsibility to convey these stories to our school boards to provide a clear and powerful understanding of our school’s […]


Best Practices for Sharing Data Across Your District

In today’s data-driven world, K-12 school districts have recognized the importance of sharing data across various departments, from student performance to finances and human resources. Having a systematic approach to disseminate this information can drive more efficient decision-making, enhance transparency, and improve stakeholder engagement, especially with the school board.   There are so many nuances […]


The Evolution of Standardized and State Testing in K-12 Education: Changes and Future Trends

In the world of K-12 education, standardized and state tests play a pivotal role in assessing student learning, identifying knowledge gaps, and measuring school and district performance. In fact, Federal law requires statewide testing in certain grades and subjects. Noteworthy exams like STARR, SAT, ACT, and FAST among others, act as critical tools in this endeavor. Over the […]


Need Help with Your District’s Help Desk? Take this Quiz.

Don’t let your Help Desk fail your district – As a school district technology leader, it’s essential to ensure that your district has the best Help Desk solution.   That’s why we’ve created a simple and informative quiz to help you assess if Frontline’s Help Desk solution is the right fit for your district!   […]


Evaluating Key Data to Ensure Long-term Fiscal Strength for K-12 School Districts

In the increasingly complex world of K-12 school district administration, robust fiscal management is critical. However, achieving long-term financial sustainability requires more than a keen eye on the bottom line. It necessitates a detailed and thoughtful understanding of key data points, as well as how to effectively interpret and utilize that data to make informed […]


Cross Your T’s & Dot Your I’s: Back to School Checklist for K-12 District Business Officials

As you approach the new academic and fiscal year, it is important for K-12 District Business Officials to be proactive in the planning process. Schools’ budget and financial operations directly influence the quality of education and services provided. To support you in this crucial role, we have prepared the “Cross Your T’s & Dot Your […]


Comparison is the Thief of Contentment: Driving Positive Change through Comparison

In the realm of K-12 education, contentment is a double-edged sword. While a certain level of satisfaction is necessary for maintaining morale and motivation, unchecked contentment can stymie growth and innovation. This fact is particularly crucial in our current, rapidly evolving educational landscape, where continuous improvement is not just a mantra but a necessity.   […]

Talk Data to Me

A data-centric view on the challenges facing school districts

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: Hire Rates

According to a 2021 Frontline survey, about two-thirds of over 1,200 school and district administrators reported having a teacher shortage. Some districts experienced the teacher shortage worse than others. About half of the respondents reported difficulty filling jobs across all grade levels and subjects while the other half felt the effects of the shortage in […]

Teacher Absences & Subs

Talk Data to Me: Trends in Absence Management and Substitute Pools

Troubled by substitute shortages and low fill rates? You’re not alone. These are challenges faced by many districts, and for good reason. Substitute management is no walk in the park: a lot of different elements go into maintaining and managing a healthy substitute pool.   To overcome the challenges associated with the substitute shortage, districts […]

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage

The Frontline Research and Learning Institute recently published a research brief called “The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage”. Following a basic supply and demand economic model, the analysis investigates the quantity of candidates applying for jobs (supply) as well as the availability of open positions (demand). Trends show changes to both sides of the […]

Student Data

Talk Data to Me: Supporting the Health Needs of Students and Staff

In early April, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that schools should be reopened and “full-fledged in person” come fall 2021, regardless of vaccination status. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona echoed this in early May, saying that he expects a full return for all students in the fall. With most states no longer placing restrictions on school […]

Front & Center

A series showcasing various leaders in the K-12 space