The RISE Network Data Hub: An Innovative Solution Built on Educator Collaboration

Data Tools and PracticesGrade 9 SuccessPostsecondary Readiness

Previously, we shared a blog about RISE’s history with data tools and their use with our network of educators. In this second installment of a multipart blog series on the RISE Data Hub, we dive deeper into specific components of the Hub, RISE’s newest data tool. In subsequent stories, we will introduce you to educators working with the Hub as part of their daily practice supporting students. Follow our RISE Blog to learn more.

“Having the Hub is really that central piece that organizes your meetings,” says James Donewald, Grade 9 assistant principal at Maloney High School in Meriden. “It makes sure that you’re staying focused on data. It keeps the conversations clear and concise, and it also makes sure that you’re focused on the right things.”

Knowing that actionable and timely data directly impacts an educator’s ability to support students, RISE has always focused on creating data tools that educators would use in their daily and weekly practice.  The RISE Data Hub is our latest data tool and is currently an integral part of the work being done in our partner schools. But how did we get here? The initial idea was simple; since we could not find an existing tool that had all of the capability we were looking for, we decided to build it ourselves. RISE’s talented data engineering and product teams collaborated with Network educators to design a tool that would work for them.  

What started as a mechanism to track students’ postsecondary plans has evolved since its launch in the fall of 2022 into a comprehensive tool that supports educators by streamlining the data and productivity tools they need in one secure and user-friendly interface. Each component, including those covered in more detail below, plays a critical and interconnected role in supporting educator practice.

Strategic Data Calendar

The strategic data calendar allows teams to focus on the most critical and evidence-based data sets to guide decisions, actions, and key moments of the school year. For example, in October, towards the end of quarter 1, an educator may select the “on-the-cusp list” to view students who are within 10 points of passing their courses, as well as a protocol to guide team conversations planning interventions for those students. This helps educators by focusing on a critical group of students who can see meaningful change at a crucial point in the marking period.

Grade 9 Strategic Data Calendar - Yearly View

Student Lists

Student lists aggregate data from multiple systems so educators can view grades, attendance, behavioral, demographic data, and more. These lists are aligned to specific protocols and areas of inquiry. The views are fully interactive, including the capability to quickly filter by “key insights” like quarterly on-track rates and GPA, and the option to view a graph of the data in each column by clicking the icon at the top. Educators can save and download customized views, which they can then share in meetings or with administrators.

Custom Charts

Custom, interactive charts are available to support educators in monitoring progress toward goals and analyzing trends across subgroups. For example, educators can generate a chart showing Grade 9 GPA across racial/ethnic subgroups. This data visualization can motivate grade-wide conversations and adjustments at multiple levels supported by the functional ability to click on selected statistics to view a list of student names to follow up with.

Custom charts

Student Profiles

Profiles facilitate student-centered diagnosis, action, and collaboration by helping educators track notes and interventions, and engage in personalized conversations with colleagues, students, and caregivers. In this case, a counselor may view the below profile and follow up with this student about her FAFSA application and grades.

Student profiles

Postsecondary Tracker

Surveys conducted in Grades 11 and 12 integrate student voice and information about students’ postsecondary planning and goals. In this example, a counselor may select a customized view to show a filtered list of students intending to pursue four-year college, with columns indicating whether they have completed the necessary milestones for that pathway. They may then utilize the Postsecondary Student-Centered Protocol, found in the Strategic Data Calendar, to follow up with these students and set goals and next steps. 

Postsecondary tracker

Bringing it all together

All of these features are intentionally designed to support educator workflow, efficiency, and efficacy. “In a meeting, we’re updating the Hub and every counselor walks away with a couple of students who they’re going to focus on,” says Bobbi-Jo Wathen, Ph.D., director of school counseling for Middletown High School. “So they don’t just walk away talking about data, they walk away with a to-do.” 

In addition to the positive effect on educators, schools using RISE data tools like the Hub to inform their student-centered practices have seen double-digit gains in improving Grade 9 on-track achievement, high school graduation rates, and postsecondary access for their students. 

And the learnings from the ideas, work, and processes that have contributed to these gains have been reflected in ongoing updates to the Hub. Holding fast to our commitment to continuous improvement, we continue to collaborate with educators to improve upon the Hub, learning from our successes and challenges. In the next set of blogs in this series, you’ll hear directly from educators on how they are using the Hub to better support students on the path to high school and postsecondary success.

Learn more about the RISE Data Hub: view a testimonial video and sign up to share your interest in the Hub. Please note that the data shown in the above examples is synthetic to protect student privacy.