As publicly funded entities, school districts have a responsibility to engage with their communities. Transparency and accountability are fundamental pillars for fostering trust and collaboration between school districts and their stakeholders. Involving the community of stakeholders is a critical part of good governance for superintendents and school boards.
One powerful tool that promotes these values is the use of dashboards to share data with the public. Data plays a vital role in shaping and improving the educational landscape. Publishing public data allows stakeholders, especially families, to understand how students are faring. External-facing dashboards contribute positively to and reflect a district's data culture as well.
When school districts share data through dashboards, several advantages come to light:
To maximize the benefits of sharing data through dashboards, school districts should follow these best practices:
While the specific metrics to include in a public-facing dashboard may vary based on the unique needs and priorities of each school district, there are several essential metrics that can provide a holistic understanding of the district's performance. Here are some key metrics to consider:
Producing public dashboards presents districts with a classic "build/buy/partner" decision. What a district chooses depends on their budget and priorities:
There are some key challenges when it comes to creating and maintaining public dashboards:
Controlling the narrative:
To help districts solve these challenges, Schoolytics has begun offering schools and districts a service to build and maintain their public-facing dashboards. By integrating disparate data sources, Schoolytics enables school districts to unlock the full potential of their data and present comprehensive insights through user-friendly dashboards. Schoolytics offers several advantages:
School districts have a responsibility to be transparent and accountable to their stakeholders. Data dashboards serve as powerful tools for achieving these goals by providing easily accessible, visually appealing, and informative representations of educational data. By embracing best practices and using a tool like Schoolytics to support this effort, districts can enhance community engagement, foster trust, and drive continuous improvement. While challenges exist, the advantages of transparency and accountability far outweigh the potential drawbacks. By leveraging the power of data dashboards, school districts can create a collaborative educational ecosystem that benefits all stakeholders and paves the way for educational excellence.
As part of our Unified Data Platform, Schoolytics offers affordable public-facing dashboards that are easy to set up and deploy on your district or school website. If you’d like to learn more and see a demo, get in touch with our team.
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