Data interoperability: How Boston Public Schools is breaking down barriers

We’ve recently partnered with 12 pioneering districts, Charter Management Organizations (CMO), and education collaboratives to address their data interoperability barriers. In this blog series, you’ll hear from those pioneers: the brave folks tackling difficult challenges and paving the way for others to take a big step forward in using data to support teachers and to improve outcomes for kids. You can find the whole series here.

In this blog, you will hear from Bryce Avery of Boston Public Schools on how the oldest school district in the country, who previously built all of its own proprietary technology tools, will now utilize the Ed-Fi Data Standard to connect the student learning data in its 125 network schools across systems.   

Boston Public Schools has identified that effective use of learning data and the creation of a culture of performance management throughout the organization, particularly at the school-level, is key to improving student performance. These are just two of the reasons the district is in the process of implementing data standards to be able to connect its student learning data across systems. By having the tools and applications the schools are already using align to the Ed-Fi Data Standard, a fuller picture of each student will be provided to educators that includes information like grades and assessments. This integration will give the Boston Public Schools’ educators the opportunity to use data as a learning tool and not just an accountability metric – improving student outcomes by enabling earlier student interventions.

Listen to the Full Audio Interview with Bryce Avery

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