CohortTracker™ is an early warning web application that allows schools to monitor students’ progress towards graduation. Educators can identify students getting off track and intervene with them before it is too late. Simple, intuitive and easy to use, CohortTracker™ is now available for license. For more information, read on at https://prismdecision.com/cohorttracker-early-warning-system
Increasing graduation rates and reducing dropout rates has proved an intractable challenge for many schools districts. Progress is generally slow or stagnant. But not for all districts. The Lockport City School District is a case study of how data-based decisions, focused strategy and a lot of really hard work by dedicated professionals can have a dramatic effect on graduation and dropout rates.
Prism’s cohort tracker project demonstrates how an agile development approach can – in a matter of weeks, not years – deliver focused, actionable, real-time information to educational decision-makers at all levels. Read on at https://prismdecision.com/cohort-tracker-developed-using-agile-approach
Prism Decision Systems, LLC and its partner Decision Mechanics Limited have released a demonstration cohort tracker web application. The app solves a common school district data issue: year-to-year, month-to-month and day-to-day, they do not know accurately who is in each “active” accountability cohort and what each member?s status is vis-a-vis graduation. The app gives superintendents, principals, guidance counselors and other staff the information they need when they need it in easy-to-use, pre-designed reports: real-time lists of each accountability cohort by total cohort, NCLB subgroups and each cohort member. Read on at https://prismdecision.com/cohort-tracker-web-app-promotes-on-time-graduation
School districts are under tremendous pressure to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates and they are working diligently to do so. This white paper describes an emerging tool set, the cohort tracker. Data visualization software and easy access to accurate and up-to-date lists of each accountability cohort will allow school districts confidently to track each cohort?s graduation status by all students and subgroups of students. Read on at https://prismdecision.com/78h.
“PowerPoint makes us stupid.” So says Marine Corps General James N. Mattis in a widely shared New York Times article, “We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint.” The General’s comments are part of an ongoing debate within the military regarding the efficacy of this ubiquitous presentation software. However, the debate is not new, extending at least as far back as 2003 when Edward Tufte published two essays, PowerPoint Is Evil and The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint. So, what’s the rub? Why is PowerPoint a poor choice, especially when presenting information that will lead to decision-making? And, more to the point, what is the alternative? Read on at https://prismdecision.com/powerpoint-makes-us-stupid
While data visualization tools are common for numerical analysis, they are less common for linguistic analysis. However, a variety of tools are now available for creating word clouds. A word cloud is both an intriguing visual representation of a passage of text and a novel analysis of its rhetorical emphasis.