RISE Data Hub Enables Continuous Improvement and Supports Student Outcome Goals

Data Tools and PracticesGrade 9 SuccessPostsecondary Readiness

Imagine being a high school principal about to welcome 500 new Grade 9 students with little information about which students may need extra support to manage the transition. Or a Grade 9 English teacher who wants to check in with students during Advisory Period about their goals and on-track status, but can only see student grades for English. Or being a school counselor with a caseload of 400 high school students and having no central way to track what their postsecondary plans are, or whether or not they have completed the steps to achieve them, without spending hours logging into five or seven or ten different systems and pulling those details into a central spreadsheet you’ve created and manage.

In an education system that collects mountains of critical student information, educators are too often unable to access or make sense of that data because of the system and application structures in which that data is stored. The data are often too broad to take meaningful actions that support students and often don’t allow for the critical disaggregation necessary to ensure school efforts that may be successful overall aren’t leaving students from historically marginalized populations behind.

At the RISE Network, we believe that data access is imperative to advance our student impact and equity goals. A central focus of our work is supporting educators in using data to understand strengths and growth areas and organizing personalized support for students. In this first of a multipart blog series on the RISE Data Hub, we’re going to share RISE’s history with data tools and their use with our network of educators. In future parts, we’ll dive deeper into specific components of the Data Hub and introduce you to educators working with the Hub as part of their daily practice supporting students.

Since our founding, RISE has centered the importance and power of data to disrupt inequitable student outcomes. Before we began building the data tools that would ground student supports, we spent months working with educator focus groups to understand their specific challenges and needs. Based on these discussions, RISE released Tableau-based data dashboards, providing educators with secure and real-time data to support their work with students. These tools generated new insights and visibility and supported a data-driven culture among RISE partners. 

Over time, educators began asking for new features and data tools. Reviewing disaggregated data through high-quality visualizations was a huge leap forward, but educators wanted to be able to do more within the tools, such as download lists and input notes or interventions. These needs prompted the RISE Data Team to pursue the next generation of custom-built data tools, and we launched the RISE Data Hub in fall 2022.

Similar to our original approach for the Tableau dashboards, The Data Hub was custom-built in close collaboration with educators to address common pain points and provide workable solutions in three key areas:

To solve for the many disconnected data systems from which educators needed to extrapolate important information, the Hub pulls data nightly from multiple systems to provide streamlined access to integrated data. The Hub automatically displays critical data in lists and charts so that educators don’t have to manually compile this data, saving valuable educator time.  Educators can then drill deeper to explore data and trends at the student, grade, or school level, helping them uncover important trends or gaps in their results.

Another common complaint from educators was the overwhelming amount of data available with no clear plan to use it. To address this, the Hub provides a focused plan for data use, centering a Strategic Data Calendar with protocols and suggested filters to focus on relevant data. This enables educators to run efficient, collaborative meetings and to view data that is directly related to their workflow at any given time in the school year.

Lastly, much of the data that educators had access to was aggregate and built for compliance. The Hub offers an effective solution by providing actionable data to support equity and personalization with clear next steps. The Hub pairs relevant data with actionable protocols, filters and summarizes data to highlight trends, records tasks, and tracks completion so that educators can identify root causes for student successes and struggles and walk away from the data with clear next steps. This makes The Data Hub more than just a compilation of data; it’s a data tool that directly supports educator interventions and supports for students.

An intentional focus on data drives our program and strategy building. For example, RISE On-Track Coaches refer to 8th-grade risk and opportunity data to inform their freshman caseloads. Data team meetings for Grade 9 and 12 teams are guided by information and protocols in the Hub. Throughout the high school experience, RISE uses data gathered from student surveys to understand their needs and employ interventions. And the postsecondary tracker, one of the original components of the earliest version of the Data Hub, is key in tracking milestone completion across all pathways.  

While educators strive to be results-driven and equity-centered in their practice, traditional data platforms fail to provide educators with the data they need to differentiate support for their students. The RISE Data Hub is uniquely equipped to facilitate data insights that empower educators to take action in pursuing equitable and personalized strategies for student success.

Follow our RISE Blog to learn more about the Data Hub. An upcoming blog will introduce you to some of the features of the Data Hub, and future blogs will highlight the many ways in which educators are using the Hub to move student outcomes.