Using the District and School Dashboards
The District and School Dashboards in Student Success are designed to allow educators to answer important questions that affect student outcomes. Both the District and School Dashboards provide high-level insights into students' school experiences across the domains of academics, attendance, behavior, and SEL. You can navigate to your dashboards by clicking the "District" or "School" tabs at the top of the page.
If you have access to multiple schools within your district, the District Dashboard will allow you to compare data across schools in order to see trends and determine where additional support may be needed.
Navigating Your Dashboard
On both dashboards, you'll see tooltips when you hover over data points or click on question marks. This information is intended to help you better understand the data you're seeing. Below we'll highlight a few high-leverage features on these dashboards.
- You can toggle to previous school years if you've been using student success for multiple years. When you select a year, you'll see a snapshot of the data at the end of that school year, allowing you to understand how your data has changed over time.
- By clicking on any of the column headers, such as Academics, you can re-order your data to quickly identify groups that are doing well or may need more support.
3. When you use View By, you're choosing to view your data through the breakdown that is most important to you. If you're most interested in understanding the different experiences of students of different races/ethnicities, selecting that option will allow you to see all of the data through that lens.
Your View By options mirror the filters that are available for your district, so you will be able to select from the criteria that are most important for you. By default, this is set to school on the District Dashboard and grade level on the School Dashboard.
4. When you apply Filters to your dashboard, you are limiting the data on your screen to just the categories you are most interested in. Selecting grade 3, for example, shows only grade three students and how they are doing across all domains of school. You can use multiple filters to continue to zoom in and frame the data. You can always see which filters are applied by checking the gray boxes underneath the "Overview" header.
Using this Page to Answer Big Questions
In the below visual you can see how I might use View By and Filters together to understand some of the high-level questions I'm thinking about in my district. For example, as a district administrator, I may be really interested in better supporting students across the district who have recently transitioned into a new school. To view this information, I'll follow the steps below:
- First, I will filter to see just my sixth and ninth graders.
- However, after filtering, I think that viewing this information across race, rather than across school, will be more actionable and useful to me. So I use the View By feature to select the "Race Ethnicity" option.
- Now I can see some specific areas where I can support groups of transitioning students across the district.
School Dashboard Only
While the District and School Dashboards are very similar, there are some features that are only available on the School Dashboard. You can learn more about them below.
The Compare feature, located beneath your school's name and data in the Overview header, allows you to compare your school's data to your district's data, if it is available in Student Success. This is a great way to add context to the numbers you're seeing in the platform, and to learn if there may be areas where you could share or borrow strategies for improving students' school experience.
On the School Dashboard, you'll see an Attendance tab on your left sidebar. This takes you to the Attendance Dashboard, where you can see more detailed insights into the attendance data of your school.
High attendance for students is connected to higher academic achievement, more positive social-emotional outcomes, and decreased risk for dropping out. Simply put, schools can only educate and support students to their fullest potential when students are present each day, ready to learn.
At the top of the page, you'll see a graph of the percent of students in attendance across the school year. The attendance rate graph helps you to understand attendance trends at key points in the school year as well as over a longer period of time. You can use the timeframe buttons or the slider bar to adjust the scope of the data in the graph.
Below the graph, you'll find a list of students who were absent the previous day, as well as information about how many times they have been absent recently, their grade level, and why they missed school. This is a great place to keep track of individual students who may be at risk of chronic absenteeism.