Data-driven research, resources and observations
New Research: How State ESSA Plans Say They’ll Support Evidence-Based Interventions
In an unprecedented maneuver, ESSA brought data to the forefront of its equity-focused mission. Specific reporting rules require education agencies at every level to collect and use more data ― data that will likely expose education inequities in funding as well as access to rigorous curriculum and effective teachers. ESSA outlines clear requirements targeting statewide accountability systems that address progress gaps for groups of low-performing students.Continue Reading
The Latest Insights into Employee Absence Data
The 3rd annual report from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute is now available, featuring insights around employee absences, substitute placement and hiring data in K-12 over the past three years. In addition, it’s the Institute’s first annual report to delve into data around employee absences by district locale and size.Continue Reading
10 Steps for Putting Special Education Equity Data into Action
In our report series Crossing the Line, we explored special education classification rates – in particular, the diversity across states and local school districts and implications on equity. We explored the perceived impact of policy and resources, district support and services, and even professional development on special education classification rates. As we process through those findings, inevitably we have to ask the question, “What now?” How do we translate data into action?Continue Reading
Human Capital Management
Talent Data & K-12 Decision-Making: Balancing the Equation
At a time when educators are facing growing demands on their time and energy the teacher shortage expands to virtually all corners of county, , the work of attracting, supporting, growing and retaining high-quality educators is now more important than ever. A strategic approach to human capital management (HCM) plays a key role in supporting all of the people who work hard to help students meet their own growing challenges.Continue Reading
8 Insights from the Interactive Employee Absence Report
The most recent Monthly Absence Report (June 2018) features some surprising statistics taken from data representing 5,795 public school districts, charter schools, education service agencies and private schools across the country.Continue Reading
Recruiting & Hiring
Is There a Leak in Your Teacher Applicant Pipeline?
Despite the number of recent articles being posted in newsfeeds with increasing regularity, the ongoing teacher shortage crisis isn’t breaking news. But according to A Leak in the Pipeline: How Hiring Bias Might Be Compounding the Teacher Shortage, we may be missing a key contributor to the shortages plaguing many districts across the country.Continue Reading
Report: Special Education Classification Rates Across U.S.
By 2014-15 the number of children served under IDEA was 6.6 million or 13% of total public school enrollment. When looking at this data, districts, schools and educators must consider equity in education and the appropriateness of the classification of special needs students in and across states.Continue Reading
Report: Classroom-Focused Professional Development
How well are school systems in America measuring up to ESSA’s definition of professional development? Is professional learning “data-driven” and “classroom-focused”? That question is at the heart of Bridging the Gap, a series of reports from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute. Bridging the Gap looks at anonymized data from the professional development experiences of educators across the country and asks, “How close are we to this ideal?”Continue Reading
How Do We Evaluate the Impact of Our Professional Learning Systems?
A few weeks ago, my colleagues and I met with professional learning leaders from six innovative school districts from across the U.S. The districts are large and small, urban, suburban and rural — and each is at a different place along their own continuum to enhance professional learning and related outcomes.Continue Reading