Anecdotals Make a Difference

One of the unique aspects of Skedula is the Anecdotal feature. Anectodals allow teachers and staff to capture both quantitative and qualitative information about a student’s behavior, and monitor that information over time for the student, a class or even the entire school. The good news is that anecdotals do not have to be negative….


Kayla Dunigan on April 5, 2017

Parent-teacher communication, a secret ingredient to student achievement

According to a study by researchers at Harvard University and Brown University entitled “The Underutilized Potential of Teacher-to-Parent Communication,” a field experiment involving 435 struggling high school students proved that even light communication between parents and teachers can be a significant factor in increasing student success. In the study, the teachers employed a brief personal…


Kayla Dunigan on March 29, 2017

Data walls are important… And why you shouldn’t be using them

Data walls are important… What are data walls? The appearance and complexity of data walls can vary from school site to school site, but the general characteristics of these walls the same: areas where cards with students’ names and data are displayed and moved around based on different criteria. Some purposes of data walls include…


Michael Williamson on November 16, 2016

The Power of – and Responsibility for – Using Student Data to Improve Educational Outcomes

The following post summarizes my testimony before the Wisconsin Legislature’s Study Committee on School Data. Invited to speak as an expert on the use — and especially the security — of student data, I was honored to provide my comments for the committee’s consideration as they work to focus Wisconsin on using only the most…


Doug Mesecar on October 19, 2016

IO Education Forms Partnerships to Help Schools Use Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IO Education Forms Partnerships to Help Schools Use Data Effectively With IBEC and Dellicker Strategies, IO Education combines powerful tools with the training and support education leaders need to improve outcomes using student data ATLANTA – August 9 , 2016 – To guide educators on their quest to transform data into insight and…


Eric Miller on August 9, 2016

The Importance of Teacher Evaluations

Why teacher evaluations can be a powerful practice for both educators and students. High quality teaching instruction is one of the most, if not the most, impactful elements on students’ levels of achievement. In 2007, Barber and Mourshed published a study that examined the best school systems in the world, or rather the school systems…


Hardin Daniel on December 29, 2014

Driving Efficiencies in School, District Operations & Management

As costs continue to soar ahead of school funding, it becomes more and more imperative for superintendents and other district officers to get strong outcomes for the dollars spent on education. Effective district leadership has become synonymous with streamlining (and possibly re-engineering) systems to increase efficiency. Having the tools and knowledge to drive this continuous…


Hardin Daniel on December 15, 2014

IO Education Signs Student Data Privacy Pledge

The recent emphasis on the importance of using student data to boost academic achievement is not without contention, and rightfully so. It is unsettling to know that personal information about your child is floating around, potentially landing in self-serving or harmful hands. Parents have every reason to be frightened by this prospect. On the flip…


Hardin Daniel on December 5, 2014

How To: Using data to differentiate instruction

What is differentiated instruction? By: Mary Conroy Almada Differentiated instruction is a term in education that gets thrown around quite a bit, but what does it actually mean? To determine what differentiated instruction is, we can start by deciding what it is not. According to TeachThought1, differentiated instruction is NOT: Grouping students by “ability” Incompatible…


Michael Williamson on August 29, 2014

Navigating the Data Ecosystem: A Case Study of the Adoption of a School Data Management System in New York City

Published by: New Visions for Public Schools  Since its introduction in September 2009, DataCation has grown in usage from a small network of New York City schools to nearly 3,000 schools in five states. The expansion of DataCation is tied in important ways to Rogers’s theory of individual adoption patterns and Coburn’s theory of scale….


Eric Miller on June 5, 2013

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