STRATEGIES IN THE SPOTLIGHTCitywide Education Progress Reports
IMPROVING SCHOOL QUALITY AND FIT
MEETING STUDENT NEEDS
INVOLVING FAMILIES IN SCHOOL SYSTEM DECISIONS
SUPPORTING FAMILIES THROUGH CHOICE PROCESS
TAKING COLLECTIVE ACTION
ATLANTA: Data Dashboard, Blog, and Training Help Communities Assess School Quality
By making data public and accessible, APS is demonstrating its commitment to transparency and public accountability. In September 2017 the district launched APS Insights, a user-friendly data dashboard with testing and school culture data for all APS and APS-authorized charter schools (state-authorized charter schools were not included).
Families can compare metrics by school and look at school quality by feeder pattern. Blogs, like this one about the relationship between performance and poverty, help families and community members digest the information. APS trained local school governance teams in how to use the data. Communication flowed two ways: the district also added college readiness metrics in response to community feedback. APS is currently making updates to the software so they can share the template with other districts.