Re: Using Business Intelligence To Change Student Lives
We hear a lot about BI as the centerpiece of all the Big Data and analytics trends that have been developing over the last several years, so it's nice to hear about a use case that trickles down to the non-business world and helps everyone. It sounds like an interesting marriage between BI and education - there are whole positions in the business world dedicated to understanding, stewarding, and analyzing this data. Grafting those positions into a school system sounds like a project in and of itself. I found myself agreeing with Mr. Kingsley - budgets are a constraint, but not because the systems themselves cost money. Indeed, there are lots of great free options these days, and discounted licenses for schools. It's the cost of adding any positions for school budgets that are bursting at the seams - you can't ask existing staff to do it, because their workloads are, too. Education for staff is key.
The DQC has a state-by-state comparison on their website where you can check how you stack up, and I was happy to see that my home state, Massachusetts, is a bit above the curve with 8 of 10 important steps the DQC recommends being taken. Maybe that's no big surprise considering our technology pedigree, but some of the other high scorers are - Kansas has 9, for example. One thing that was a bit odd was a lack of detail on the kinds of data collected, or how, although the results speak for themselves . They insist on not using 'data' as just a buzzword, yet, the people in the video just keep repeating it, even in odd places. Grades are a given, but what else? Attendance records? Self-assesments? Are they filtering this info by students' ethnicity? Economic status? This does sound like good news, but for such a focus on specifics, there seems to be a strange lack of them.