Schools have evolved into data factories.
More data, the idea goes, is supposed to bring educational justice to all. When schools can collect about how students learn, behave, and thrive, they can ensure equity for all students.
But data alone will not close the opportunity gap that prevents students in underserved communities from accessing the same high-quality education that their peers in affluent areas receive.
In fact, for so many schools, the requisite collection of data is more of a burden than a benefit. Schools collect data to satisfy state and federal requirements but don’t have the time or resources to use that data to initiate long-term improvement.
For schools to ensure every student achieves ambitious goals, educators need to use data analysis to make informed decisions rooted in equity.
This is where a Business Intelligence solution like Ed-Intelligence comes in. Ed-Intelligence reduces the time-consuming burden of data analysis and makes decision-making to serve every child’s need easy.
It bridges the burden that holds back educators from providing an equitable education system that benefits all students.
1. Ed-Intelligence helps educators use data effectively to differentiate instruction so that the students who need the most help get it.
True equity requires teachers to meet students where they are, to create individual learning plans for each student that take into account their unique challenges. It means giving struggling students more one-on-one time and responsive intervention that boosts long-term performance for ALL students.
This is a tall task. Teachers are already overwhelmed with their ballooning class sizes and face constrained resources. Crafting a customized plan for every single student takes a lot of time that teachers, unfortunately, don’t have.
Instead, Ed-Intelligence automatizes how teachers can monitor student performance, thereby saving hours freeing them to focus on individualized learning paths that bridge equity.
Ed-Intelligence comprises an interoperable data management system that houses and combines all data related to student performance — administrative data, classroom-related data, assessment data. Using layered analysis can generate a simplified picture of what a student knows and how they learn best. This insight can help educators differentiate instruction that gives each student what they need to meet their unique learning goals.
Without a Business Intelligence tool like Ed-Intelligence, teachers would have to sift through several different spreadsheets of data to manually derive meaning. This takes time, a luxury that not all teachers have. So often, teachers have no choice but to deliver the same lessons and supports to all students, which inevitably leaves some kids behind.
To close the opportunity gap in the classroom, educators need the resources and accessibility to make data-informed decisions. Fortunately, Ed-Intelligence bridges the hurdles of a lack of time so that educators can effectively give their students the support they need to ensure equity in the classroom.
2. Ed-Intelligence empowers educators to make decisions that support the whole child.
While data can help schools understand their progress in meeting equity goals, it can also, unwittingly, limit some students’ educational opportunities that evolve into systemic inequity.
Federal accountability policies have intensified how educators filter data to measure differences in achievement between subgroups like English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, and At-Risk Students.
While it is important to consider the factors that position some to succeed more easily than others, this one-variable kind of data analysis can also allow educators to unintentionally arrive at dangerous stereotypes, like that a student’s home life is the primary reason for their low achievement and that they will never achieve at the same level of their other peers.
Such thinking often causes educators to “give up” on a student, lower expectations, and finally, withhold the support that they need to thrive.
Ed-Intelligence helps educators analyze all of the variables that impact a student’s academic performance. Rather than writing off a student who experiences challenges at home as “hopeless,” Ed-Intelligence can motivate educators to use data to see what influence they do have over a child’s school experience.
For example, since Ed-Intelligence can house both behavior and academic performance data, teachers can visually track how a behavior intervention influences academic indicators like literacy scores. They can uncover how the relationship between indicators like attendance, behavior, and academic performance impacts their entire school experience, allowing teachers to plan for more specific, student-centered intervention.
Some teachers are already doing this. They might work nights or over the weekend to carefully sift through the many variables that predict student success. But with Ed-Intelligence, teachers can conduct this level of meaningful analysis at the click of a button.
Moreover, it frees school leaders and teachers to look beyond high-stakes standards, which research shows tend to yield only short-term results and invest more in areas of the school that benefit the whole child.
3. Ed-Intelligence gives back teachers 13 hours a week.
Thanks to streamlined data-collection, automatic analysis, and data visualization for swift interpretation, Ed-Intelligence saves teachers and schools the most valuable resource they need to be the effective change agents of educational justice: time.
The research is clear that quality teachers are a primary factor in narrowing the achievement gap between students of different socioeconomic statuses.
Not only that, quality teachers can leave a lasting impact on students’ lives. A Harvard study shows that when a teacher’s quality increases by 1 standard deviation in a single grade, a student’s annual earnings increase by 1.3% over their entire lifetime–that’s $39,000 more income on average, thanks to a strong teacher in a single year.
However, society demands more and more of its teachers without increasing available resources in return. They are expected to teach multiple subjects across a range of grade levels, differentiate lessons for all styles of learning, and stay late after school to meet with families, among a complex range of other emotionally and physically draining tasks.
What do teachers need most to deliver the quality, attentive, and thoughtful education students deserve? In a series of surveys, teachers listed “more planning time” above a higher salary or calmer classroom environments as the single most important factor that would help them perform better.
Teachers, on average, have only about 45 minutes of planning time built into their contract hours, according to a survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics. This is hardly enough time to complete all of the planning, writing, differentiating, and analyzing that needs to be done, which is why most teachers end up working over 50 hours per week, despite only being paid for 38 hours per week, reports a McKinsey study.
Teachers do the best they can with the little resources that they have. But at Ed-Intelligence, we want to give teachers what they deserve so that they can take the time they need to plan for and execute decisions that promote equity.
With a Business Intelligence solution like Ed-Intelligence, teachers can gain back 13 hours per week of time. That’s 13 hours they can use coaching students, running interventions, writing standard-driven lesson plans, and investing in professional development–all of which has been shown to better support students in underserved communities.
Closing the opportunity gap does not happen accidentally. It requires skill, sophisticated decision-making, and ample time to get it all done. Ed-Intelligence is driven to give teachers, who are the strongest influence in a child’s academic life, what they need so that ALL students receive what they deserve to be thriving, healthy, and happy individuals.
Ed-Intelligence is deeply committed to empowering educators to provide students access to the educational resources that will allow them to achieve dramatic academic and social gains. We stand right alongside hardworking teachers and leaders to bridge the opportunity gap and bring all students the high-quality education they deserve.
The research is clear: when all students receive differentiated instruction when all variables of a student’s school experience are taken into account, and when they are served by well-supported teachers, they demonstrate stronger academic outcomes and better life experiences.
Ensuring equity to make sure that all students get the individual support they need to meet ambitious goals requires urgency. It demands sophisticated decision-making rooted in equity from school leaders and teachers.
Ed-Intelligence is the Business Intelligence solution to help your school harness data as a tool to serve all students, not simply to demonstrate compliance with external standards. It will help your school actively make decisions with equity in mind, to help educators design systemic practices that strive for continuous school improvement and dramatically shift the trajectory of student learning towards being equitable for all.