Reflections on #HowIKnow: A formative assessment project

Since the kickoff of the #HOWIKNOW project last fall, we have been working with each district team in Austin, Dallas, and Tulsa to design and implement professional learning plans with 60 pilot teachers.  Even before we learn from these teachers what works best in the classroom, we’ve already identified two key lessons to share about … Continued

Why data matters in the South Africa education system

In this blog series, we will discuss the importance of the use of data in South Africa’s education system – why it matters to parents, learners, and educators, and how providing educators with the information they need can help learners do well. There’s little doubt that genuine and sustainable improvements in quality of education can … Continued

Reflections on SXSW and SXSW EDU 2018

The South By Southwest (SXSW) conference has grown significantly since its launch in Austin, Texas in 1987. We have participated in the SXSW education-focused SXSW EDU since its inception, and this year Michael Dell participated in SXSW Interactive on behalf of the foundation. Every year, we are excited to connect with and learn from partners, … Continued

Join us: Our journey to understanding how students know

On a daily basis, students need to know how they are doing and teachers need to know how to move learning forward. That is the gist of formative assessment practice, which is a critical component of meaningful instructional practice. It puts students at the center of their learning, with teachers leading the way. Listen to … Continued

Data interoperability in K-12: A teacher’s perspective

Data interoperability is the secure, controlled—and most important—seamless exchange of data between applications. The standardization of the language programs can use to talk to each other is going to benefit me as an instructor and the students. Another benefit of data interoperability is that parents, the key stakeholders in a child’s education, benefit from it. They need access to data as well, not just the students and the teachers.

The decade ahead: Change is coming in data interoperability

Project Unicorn’s ultimate mission is to move our lagging education sector forward by improving data interoperability at scale and with fidelity. Since launching at the ASU GSV, more than 70 districts representing more than two million students have now pledged that the secure, controlled exchange of data is too important to ignore any longer.

Call to all districts: Tackling tough data problems

You’re a Chief Academic Officer, or a similar position, and back-to-school planning and the chaos and excitement of the first day of school have passed. Your students are getting back into a routine, at least most of them. Your teachers are hard at work in the classroom. You are trying to stay laser focused on supporting your educators and students and making sure all the initiatives aimed at maximizing your students’ learning are going strong.

Preventing summer melt: Providing students with wraparound support

The summer after high school is an important time for every student who plans to attend college in the fall. It’s a time of preparation for life away from home, saying “see you later” to family, and completing final tasks needed to enroll in college in the fall. Many students have plenty of support during this time, ensuring they step foot on campus with a positive mindset and the resources they need to be successful.

Test prep in education: Making opportunities accessible to all

Summarized below is the first-person account of the journeys of the founders of Avanti, Edutel and Online Tyari. The founders talk about how their ideas fructified and what it takes to run scalable, sustainable businesses while maximizing social impact. As innovative enterprises operating in the online coaching and test preparation domains, these organizations are at the forefront of providing exemplary and cost-effective test-preparation solutions (both online and in classrooms) to students across the country.

Education data interoperability at work in Michigan

The Michigan Data Hub, which utilizes the Ed-Fi data standard and technologies, was designed to address the challenge of obtaining and sharing enough student data to help educators make better decisions for their students. In the past, the state has had up to 39 different student systems. The Michigan Data Hub was designed to narrow that number down to fewer systems to make getting data easier. So, we proposed creating a data hub where data would be exchanged and standardized from all the systems into one location.