Prism Decision Systems, LLC has released SchoolBenchmarker™ in beta. Want to try it out? SchoolBenchmarker? helps you identify benchmark schools so that you can Set achievable academic targets based on demonstrated best-in-class performance. Discover the practices that high performing, similar schools use to achieve their best-in-class performance. We believe SchoolBenchmarker™ will be very useful to […]
In a post titled Early identification getting easier ? but must come with compassion and hard work, the folks at NoDropouts.org capture the essence of CohortTracker™ and the roll it plays in promoting successful, on-time graduation.
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.
As a result of Race to the Top, most states will soon administer even more high-stakes tests. For example, in the 2014-15 school year, 25 states, including New York, will begin administering PARCC assessments in grades 3-12 four times per year. At the same time, there is an inexorable push to connect teacher and administrator performance reviews, tenure decisions and pay to student performance. This post discusses four specific traps that I believe implementers of RTTT and the PARCC assessments will have to avoid if their reforms are to bear fruit.
Bill Gates Ted Talks presentation describes the structural funding challenges facing our K-12 education system. The trade-offs are dire and civic conflict looms. Will we continue to fund growing health care costs at the expense of educating our children? Will we educate our children at the expense of teachers? pensions? Are we entering an era that pits the dreams of the young against the past promises to the old? If you are a student, parent, educator, taxpayer or politician, you should view Gates? short, provocative March 2 presentation at https://prismdecision.com/how-state-budgets-are-breaking-us-schools
The New York State Education Department released school report cards Thursday, February 17. A close look at the report cards reveals a very important, unreported story. We now have an absurd situation in New York State. For many schools districts to hit their accountability targets, they will have to improve at a rate that the NYSED does not consider credible. Read on at https://prismdecision.com/absurdity-of-new-york-school-accountability-system