Empowering Community Success with Student Performance Analytics
Frontline Student Analytics helps Millcreek Township School District school and district leaders make evidence-based decisions that support academic growth.
At a Glance:
- Erie, Pennsylvania
- K-12 Enrollment
“We need to know where students are now, not wait until the end of year assessments.”
Student performance data is available in every district. The challenge was to find a way to quickly turn the data into actionable steps that administrators and team members could readily use to support all students.
Millcreek wanted to drill deep into the data to look at specific issues.
- Equity: Are there areas of disproportionality?
- Access: Do all students have access to rigorous coursework?
- Early Intervention: How can we proactively identify and respond to students who need additional support?
The district uses Frontline Education’s Analytics suite, powered by Forecast5, to make sense of the data in its student information system.
The system allows users to create clear, simple, and understandable graphs for any audience. Millcreek discovered that using Frontline Student Analytics allows staff to address equity issues by sorting data in multiple ways. They are now able to examine student performance data according to ethnicity, gender, race, special needs, family income, and other criteria to make evidence-based decisions.
District leaders can measure student engagement at all school sites. Evaluating correlations between factors like attendance, behavior, and learning disabilities allows them to see patterns among student groups and target specific interventions for individual students.
“We need to be sure our school-wide interventions are getting to the individual student level.”
By expanding the use of analytics to the building level, Millcreek’s teams collaborate to identify what is happening in the current quarter, prioritize needed support, and strategize on plans to ensure all students are successfully moving forward.
Using Frontline Student Analytics saves time assembling data and organizing it in a way to communicate significant findings. It helps focus on the specific data needed to support evidence-based discussion and decision-making.
“It’s really helped our admin set goals for the school year based on data.”
Working together as teams to examine data and implement effective interventions takes courage and perseverance. It also allows the district to address its three priority issues — equity, access, and early intervention — more efficiently.
Looking at data can be uncomfortable, especially when teachers see their own performance indicators and grade distribution percentages on display. Jason Keim, High School Administrative Officer, explained that building level teams at Millcreek work to create an atmosphere of honesty and respect so they can truly understand their students’ progress and challenges.
With a focus on equity, the team can identify areas of potential disproportionality in their responses to academic and behavioral concerns and target interventions based on data, not subjective observations.
Using data to differentiate
Access to rigorous coursework is much more visible using customized reports. By examining which students could be successful in higher-level classes from middle to high school, Millcreek has increased access and participation to all students, especially those who may not have considered AP courses. Student input also guides what courses are available.
Teachers at all grade levels have learned how to use their data to identify goals for individual students and measure progress. They can build custom dashboards to monitor and support at-risk students from kindergarten through graduation.
At Millcreek, school leaders and staff use Frontline Student Analytics to focus on instructional decisions. By assembling and organizing data to make evidence-based decisions, they know how to meet the needs of all students.
“We have to have the data. It has to be accurate. It has to be timely. It has to be presented in a way that it’s readily understood and will lead us to understand complex questions. A way to have that is through our partnership with 5Lab [now Frontline’s Student Analytics Lab].”
About Frontline Education
Frontline Education is a leading provider of school administration software, connecting solutions for student and special programs, business operations and human capital management with powerful analytics to empower educators. Frontline partners with school systems to deliver tools, data and insights that support greater efficiency and productivity, enabling school leaders to spend more time and resources executing strategies that drive educator effectiveness, student success and district excellence.
Frontline’s broad portfolio includes solutions for proactive recruiting and hiring, absence and time management, professional growth, student information systems, special education, special programs, Medicaid reimbursement, school health management, inventory control and asset management, payroll, benefits and financial management, and analytics solutions that help district leaders tap into their data to make more informed decisions for the benefit of their students and communities. Over 10,000 clients representing millions of educators, administrators and support personnel have partnered with Frontline Education in their efforts to develop the next generation of learners.
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