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How Business Intelligence can help your school boost student outcomes and save time and money

Business Intelligence (BI) solutions bring organizations billions of dollars in revenue and cost savings every year. It’s no wonder. BI information management platforms organize and automatically analyze data, revealing key trends and indicators that help leaders make better decisions that earn more money.

However, BI solutions are only slowly gaining traction in school districts. In fact, many schools advertise themselves as “data-driven,” but use only low-tech mechanisms like spreadsheets to inform their decisions. 

The issue isn’t a lack of data. From breakfast metrics to end-of-day pick-up times, schools often generate more data than they can effectively use. 

Manually processing all of this data is like eating thick stew through a straw. There are a lot of morsels of data insight in there, but finding them is a slow process that takes a lot of effort. 


This is why organizations from Fortune 500 companies to small start-ups have adopted BI to help interpret their data so that leaders can actually harness data’s power, rather than sitting on it.

Clearly, schools are missing a big opportunity.

Like businesses, educators need accurate information to help them make informed decisions.

Here’s how a Business Intelligence solution like Ed-Intelligence can help schools leverage their data to boost outcomes for students while saving time and money.

  1. Streamlined Data Management 

A BI solution like Ed-Intelligence houses all school data in one place and analyzes the relationship between several different student variables, lending greater insight into how educators can make decisions that serve their students.

Let’s look at an example.

All teachers know that a single test score is influenced by more than just an understanding of the content. Attendance and student behavior, among many other variables, also impact outcomes. 

In fact, all three of these variables are keenly connected: Absenteeism is directly linked to poor academic performance; students who struggle academically often exhibit maladaptive behavior; children who are not proud of their performance tend to be more reluctant to attend school. 

When teachers seek to improve student outcomes but are forced to manually report these data on various spreadsheets, their analysis devolves into the arduous task of toggling through several different spreadsheets and hoping that their exhausted working memories can keep up.

This is where Business Intelligence comes in.

Since a Business Intelligence platform tracks all relevant data, it can quickly and accurately identify key relationships between all variables to predict which students would be most in need of intervention.

The entire task would take mere minutes, freeing educators to spend more time and energy directly with their students which is proven to boost outcomes.

  1. Real-time Reporting

Most schools use a student information system (SIS) to store data for their records. But many of these tools lack visual reporting features that can help quickly capture the story behind the data. To leverageto leverage data as a tool to inform student-centered decisions, it needs to be visually represented in a way that allows the user to derive insights insight can be derived efficiently and accurately. 

Since all school data is housed on a single platform, BI technology like Ed-Intelligence can develop easy-to-read reports that help educators quickly connect the dots to make effective decisions that work. 

For example, Ed-Intelligence allows Washington, D.C. school leaders to use real-time data to generate a Performance Management Framework (PMF) report on-demand. Beyond serving as the D.C. Public Charter School Board’s (DCPCSB) mechanism to evaluate schools, the PMF presents a visual review of key statistics, from the retention rate to PARCC scores, that capture the performance of a school.

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Typically, school leaders need to wait until the DCPCSB delivers the report at the end of the year, leaving no time to review the results in order to take corrective action that could immediately improve student outcomes. 

But with a BI solution like Ed-Intelligence, educators can leverage current data on-demand to make proactive changes when students actually need it. 

  1. Better Decisions for Stronger Results

When educators have access to clearly presented information, they can make stronger decisions that serve their students.

Take differentiated learning. Adapting content to meet the unique learning needs of each child increases a student’s motivation to learn and strengthens their long-term academic performance. 

But differentiated instruction takes time. A lot of time. Time to modify instruction and assignments, to track the progress of a student’s performance, and to deliver the interventions. 

When teachers have to squeeze in grading, writing lessons, designing unit plans, and calling parents into their 45 minutes of planning time per day, differentiating lessons for the benefit of individual students can quickly fall to the wayside. 

Fortunately, a Business Intelligence technology like Ed-Intelligence automatically analyzes and presents student learning data so that teachers can quickly make informed decisions on what content to teach to which children and how

No more spreadsheets to manually analyze, no more time-intensive cost/benefit calculations. Ed-Intelligence does it for it so that educators have more time and better information to make an impactful decision.

The Ed-Intelligence Solution

Educators build the foundation of our society. They work tirelessly with too few resources, all with the goal of helping children reach their full potential. Their time is too valuable to be wasted on data collection that may or may not benefit students. 

Spreadsheets and notepads are holding educators back from giving students the high-quality education they deserve. It’s time for schools to invest in Business Intelligence to streamline their data management, access readable reports, and make informed decisions. 

With a Business Intelligence platform like Ed-Intelligence, educators can move beyond going through the motions of collecting student data and actually harness it to make decisions that boost student performance and change lives.

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