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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
tableau: Lowering Dropout Rates
Lowering Dropout Rates
Spokane is the second-largest school district in
the state of Washington. "We have slightly less than 30,000
students, and we have higher poverty than the state average,"
explains Chief Academic Officer Steven Gering in this interview.
"One of the big areas that we've been focusing on is improving our
student data, and really trying to improve our dropout rates."
For the first time ever, teachers and
administrators have a clear and holistic view of what’s really
happening with their schools and students.
The Spokane Public School District has spent the
past few years developing a breakthrough solution to this problem.
Using Tableau Software, Spokane now provides educators with web-based
data dashboards that integrate multiple data sources to track performance
goals and priorities in near real-time, using an intuitive visual
interface that highlights trends and outliers.
"I've been able to give them
tools to help them be more effective principals and teachers, to get
more kids to graduate, more kids to college." –Steven
Gering, Spokane School District