The 2017-2018 school year is the first time that Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) goes into effect for accountability purposes. At this point, all states have submitted their proposals. However, only a handful have been accepted, and the rest are either waiting to hear back or have been asked to make revisions.
Thanks to innovations in technology and an increase in testing, there is an unprecedented amount of data available to schools now. However, just because school districts have data, it doesn't mean they are actually using it to their advantage. In fact, many school districts are data rich but "information poor."
We can all agree that our collective goal in the work we do in education is to continue to keep students on track to success, with an end objective being graduation. That, right there, can be one of the largest challenges you face because the starting point can be unclear, risk identifiers can be much subtler than anticipated and the path to getting a student back on track isn’t always straightforward. The ambiguity of how to consolidate all pieces of information is overwhelming.