Make the Most of Your End-of-Year ELL Data

Ask the right questions and your data will reveal the answers A big part of using ELL data to plan for the next school year involves knowing which questions to ask — and when to ask them. What questions should you and your team consider as you close out this year and prepare for the […]

Student Services

Progress Monitoring: Your Action Plan for Success

School districts must monitor student progress not only for assessing outcomes but also for state and federal reporting and Medicaid reimbursements. Beyond compliance, progress monitoring can identify staffing needs and professional development gaps.   Here 9 ideas to help you improve progress monitoring:   Define Concerns Clearly: Use specific language Identify alterable target behaviors Specify […]

Student Services

This Is What’s at Stake in Gifted & Talented Programs

“Special student populations” usually conjures images of students in special education, English learners, or those who need extra classroom support for various reasons. One special population that is often overlooked? Gifted students. Schools rightly spend substantial time and resources ensuring that those students with learning disabilities or who face other challenges receive the support they […]

Student Services

Cost Reporting Started Right: Medicaid Cost Reporting for Schools

Understanding and navigating Medicaid cost reporting is essential to ensure access to eligible services and maintaining the district budget. But cost reporting is a nuanced process that varies by state, and it’s a common source of stress for districts.   We dove into cost reporting and cost reconciliation in this blog post, but today we’re […]

Special Education

4 Steps for Navigating Dyslexia Across Departments

  Dyslexia, a neuro-biological disorder that affects language processing, has no bearing on intelligence, but complicates a student’s ability to learn by making both reading and verbal communication difficult. Because dyslexia notoriously flies under the radar, a child can go years with the disorder unidentified and with no answer for why schoolwork is so difficult […]


Guide to Fee-for-Service Medicaid Claiming for Schools

In today’s culture, schools do more than just educate. They are outreach centers, health care providers, and community leaders who are integral to connecting families to services. Much of this is rooted in the development of schools as health care providers and Medicaid outreach organizations. One of the predominant Medicaid reimbursement programs that schools participate […]


COVID-19-Related Compensatory Services Under Section 504

Unexpected school closures happened so quickly in the early days of the pandemic. Managers of Section 504 programs faced — and still face — a great deal of uncertainty because closures and hybrid learning don’t change the fact that schools are responsible for preventing discrimination and providing the appropriate supports for students with disabilities to […]

Student Services

School-Based Medicaid 101: Enhancing Medicaid Reimbursements for Schools

  School-based Medicaid claiming programs enable districts to seek reimbursement through three distinct avenues: Fee-for-Service Billing (otherwise known as Direct Service Billing), School-Based Administrative Claiming, and Cost Reconciliation. Understanding the definitions of each program and how they are related are the first steps to understanding how the cost reconciliation process can impact your district’s revenue. […]


3 Things for Schools to Remember About Long COVID Diagnoses

  Some people who previously tested positive for COVID-19 are now showing symptoms like tiredness, fatigue, difficulty thinking, concentrating, headache, changes in smell, taste, dizziness, or fast beating or pounding heart, usually appearing about a month after that initial positive test. This condition is being referred to as “Long COVID.” Long COVID diagnoses among students […]

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