STRATEGIES IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Citywide Education Progress Reports

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.

View Atlanta’s citywide education progress report.

The Center on Reinventing Public Education is a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell developing systemwide solutions for K–12 public education. Questions? Email crpe@uw.edu.