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 […]


Data & Analytics Buyer’s Guide

Data and analytics are increasingly becoming a critical component of K-12 education. School districts are leveraging data to identify opportunities to improve student outcomes, increase teacher effectiveness, and enhance operational efficiency. However, purchasing data and analytics tools can be a daunting task. With this guide, we aim to simplify the process by outlining the key […]


Providing Structure to an Unstructured Data Environment

Big data is nothing new in education. Districts grapple with disparate datasets living in various places both at the district office and within each individual school, all with the objective of making sense of so many data elements. From state data sources to vendor data extracts to local data sets, collecting and organizing the vast […]


The Power of Data: Enhancing Communications with Your School Board

In an era where big data is integral in almost every sector, education is not left behind. The effective use of data can significantly improve communication and decision-making within a school district, especially when it involves interactions with School Board Members.   Data-Based Decision Support Systems (DDS) have emerged as a powerful tool for harnessing […]


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 […]


The Role of Data-Based Decision Support Systems in Improving Collective Bargaining and Teacher Negotiations

Data-Based Decision Support Systems (DSS) play an essential role in collective bargaining and teacher negotiations by providing access to accurate and relevant data to inform these negotiations. Collective bargaining is a process where representatives of teachers and school district officials negotiate the terms and conditions of employment, including salaries, benefits, and working conditions.   In […]


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 […]


Using ESSER Funds to Advance Equity

We’ve all seen the simple graphic representation comparing the concepts of equality and equity: three people of different heights stand behind a fence, trying to watch a baseball game. In an equal distribution of resources, the three people all receive a box of the same height; this helps one person see over the fence but […]


How District Leaders Can Address Challenges with the Power of Analytics

In today’s K-12 landscape, school leaders face a host of challenges that seem to have only been exacerbated since the pandemic. Ongoing barriers to a quality education workforce, interrupted learning and widening academic gaps, increased social emotional need, inequitable access to opportunity, uncertain stimulus-boosted budgets and heightened pressure to demonstrate meaningful growth and change are […]

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