Using data to keep kids in school

Gigaom

Spokane School District’s Chief Academic Officer, Steven Gering, had a mission: Identify and engage with struggling teens early enough to keep them from dropping out of high school.

With nearly 30,000 students, 45 schools and close to 3,500 employees, the task of battling the district’s 33 percent dropout rate called for a solution that could be placed in the hands of every staff member that interacted with students so they could have the power to drive change. Gering knew that data was the key since so many of the early warning signs for learners at risk of not finishing school were often prevalent as early as middle school in the form of grade dips and spotty attendance behaviors.  But the challenge was how to get these warning signs out of different databases and in front of teachers in a way that they could make sense of it quickly and act…

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