Student Data

Use Early Warning Indicators to Begin Interventions Now

Education is not just about imparting knowledge; it’s about ensuring that each student can reach their full potential. To achieve this, schools often rely on data to understand the learning progress of their students. But what if, rather than waiting for the end of the semester or the annual state test, we could identify students […]

Student Data

Proactive Measures for Addressing Chronic Absenteeism: A Guide for School District Leaders

As leaders in education, you shoulder the immense responsibility of shaping the future generation. Among the challenges you face, chronic absenteeism is one that is critically important yet frequently underestimated in its potential impact. Chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10% or more of school days, often predicts lower levels of student achievement, higher dropout rates, […]

Student Data

Advisor Spotlight: Dr. Adam Cibulka

With over fifteen years of experience in public education, Dr. Adam Cibulka is no stranger to the challenges that teachers, administrators, and even coaches face.   His journey in K-12 education started in a high school social studies classroom, but he’s never stopped learning. As an advisor for Frontline’s analytics suite with a focus on […]


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 […]

Student Data

Advisor Spotlight: Dr. CyLynn Braswell

Of the things we’re most grateful for at Frontline, at the top of the list is the chance to come alongside school districts in their work to provide the best educational opportunities for every student. One way we do this is with our team of Advisors. These talented folks, many of whom have years or […]

Student Data

Streamlining End of Year Device Collection

These days, technology is as essential to learning as pencils and paper. Technology use is interwoven with how educators teach and how students digest new content and practice new skills. Yet, the growth of technology use in schools — ballooned exponentially by COVID-19 — has meant that technology teams across the nation have hustled to […]

Student Data

The Past, Present, and Future of Data Analytics in Schools

The use of data analytics is increasingly part of modern life, whether you’re talking about headlines like vaccination roll-out efforts, practical matters like tracking hours at your job, or daily routines like the average height and weight chart at a pediatrician’s office. K-12 education is no different, a topic Dr. Adam Cibulka is deeply familiar […]


Why Use Baseline Data to Drive Decisions in K-12 Education?

Table of Contents What you need to know about baseline data How baseline data drives instruction in the classroom Baseline data in Special Education Should baseline data be used for mental and behavioral health support? Data is the evidence we depend on Learn more about using baseline data Believe it or not, data wasn’t always […]

Student Data

Using Analytics to Support Students in the Midst of a Pandemic

As schools re-open for the 2021-2022 school year, educators find themselves facing a myriad of challenges. From establishing health and safety guidelines for a safe reopening, to managing the ever-increasing concerns around the mental health of staff and students, to benchmarking student performance, schools are once again facing a school year unlike any other. Like […]

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