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Nacogdoches ISD Conducts Peer District Analysis of Student Performance Data to Guide Curriculum Decisions

An established organization since 1903, Nacogdoches Independent School District (NISD) is founded on the principles of educational opportunities, inspiration, and excellence. Serving over 6,000 students across eleven different campuses, the...

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Double Dip: Easily Build District Scorecards with ESSA Data

There’s a growing trend in school districts to develop scorecards that track progress toward meeting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The progress reports can be used internally to help guide decision making or shared externally to communicate...

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How to Produce an Epic Financial Story

As the finance administrator of the district, having a good story and visuals is perhaps even more important than other roles, as you are constantly responsible for developing strategies.  Even the best, most thought out, strategies are only as...

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4Cs to Producing Your Next Big Presentation

When shopping for a diamond, you’re coached to look at the “Four Cs” – carat, cut, color and clarity.  In producing your presentations, you can use these “Four Cs” by replacing the first two – color, clarity, consumption and consistency. 

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A Closer Look: Dig Into District Scorecards for Fresh Perspectives

One of the must-see paintings when you visit the Art Institute of Chicago is A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by George Seurat.  This masterpiece from 1884 depicts people relaxing, strolling, fishing and sailing in a park on the picture's namesake...

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Four Tips for Building Compelling Visual Stories with Data

As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. But what happens if the picture is sending the wrong message, or the intended message is being missed? Storytelling with data should be a strategic objective for all school...

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Student Performance Data Holds the Answers to Closing Achievement Gaps

I followed with interest a recent discussion on a Facebook page devoted to the school district in the town where I live. Commenters were very concerned that our high school had dropped a few slots in a statewide ranking. The most frequent...

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Data Refining: How to Organize Student Performance Data to Guide Curriculum Decisions

In the first few months of every new year, I notice a lot of articles with tips and tricks about how to organize belongings. I’m sure spring-cleaning advice is just around the corner. They’re popular topics because when our “stuff” is organized,...

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Redefining Ready: New Ways to Measure Student Progress at Every Level

The concept of Redefining Ready emerged from a national campaign spearheaded by AASA - The School Superintendents Association. Their motto is “Our students are MORE than a SCORE.” Instead of using standardized test scores as the primary indicator...

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How to Become a Data Scientist in 2018: Easy Ways to Correlate and Analyze Multiple Indicators to Improve Student Performance

Are you ready to add "data science" to your skill set?  It's the hot new phrase that speaks to our growing need to correlate and analyze data to find ways to make decisions which improve student performance.

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School District of Lancaster Discovers New Gains in Pupil Transportation Subsidies with Data Analytics

School District of Lancaster is a large, urban school district located in central Lancaster County, PA. The oldest district in the state, it serves a diverse population of 11,366 students across 19 different schools. Like many other school...

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Forecast5™ Client Spotlight  - Celebrating Success Stories

There is nothing we love more here at Forecast5, than hearing about how our clients are using our product suite to optimize resources, create opportunities, save money and increase organizational performance. These stories truly inspire our team...

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