Strategic Data Project

(2014). SDP College-Going Diagnostic for Delaware . Strategic Data Project.Abstract

The Delaware Department of Education collaborated SDP to produce the SDP College-Going Diagnostic. The diagnostic analyses examine students’ high school performance, college enrollment, and college persistence patterns, and compares these patterns across a variety of student characteristics and academic experiences.

(2015). SDP College-Going Diagnostic for Tennessee . Strategic Data Project.Abstract

SDP launched a College-Going Diagnostic research collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) as part of a larger partnership between the two organizations. In defining the scope of work for this project, TDOE policymakers were particularly interested in investigating how students’ transition from high school to postsecondary education differed across schools, regions, and student subgroups. The SDP College-Going Diagnostic examines the extent to which Tennessee high school students faced specific barriers to postsecondary enrollment, such as inadequate academic preparation for college-level coursework and limited college access.

(2014). SDP Human Capital Diagnostic for Denver Public Schools . Strategic Data Project.Abstract

Denver Public Schools (DPS) collaborated with the Strategic Data Project to conduct the SDP Human Capital Diagnostic. The analysis focused on teacher recruitment, placement, development, evaluation/compensation, and retention/turnover. Because of the uniqueness of the data from DPS' ProComp teacher compensation system and its relevance to current policy discussions, we describe the evaluation/compensation analyses in depth and summarize the key findings from the other components of the diagnostic. These analyses have the potential to inform important education policy both in Denver and across the nation as education agencies consider revising traditional “lockstep” pay systems.

(2014). SDP Human Capital Diagnostic for the New York State Education Department . Strategic Data Project.Abstract

The New York State Education Department collaborated with SDP to produce the SDP Human Capital Diagnostic. The diagnostic is designed to identify patterns of teacher effectiveness and areas for policy change that could leverage teacher effectiveness to improve student achievement. It is also intended to demonstrate how education agencies can capitalize on existing data to understand its current performance, set future goals, and strategically plan responses.

(2014). SDP College-Going Diagnostic for Massachusetts . Strategic Data Project.Abstract

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education collaborated with the Strategic Data Project (SDP) to conduct the SDP College-Going Diagnostic. This report examines key findings related to students’ college enrollment and college persistence patterns, and compares these patterns across a variety of student characteristics and academic experiences. The report highlights results primarily at the state level and, for illustrative purposes, for a handful of school districts and high schools.

(2015). SDP Key Findings Report for Colorado: Students' Progression from Ninth Grade to College, by Prior Academic Achievement . Strategic Data Project.Abstract

The Strategic Data Project (SDP) partnered with the Colorado Department of Education(CDE) and the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) to investigate statewide trends in students’ high school graduation and their enrollment and persistence in college. This brief summarizes several of the key findings from this research collaboration.

(2015). SDP Human Capital Diagnostic for Colorado . Strategic Data Project.Abstract

The Strategic Data Project (SDP) collaborated with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) to conduct SDP’s Human Capital Diagnostic—a series of high leverage, policy-relevant analyses related to the state’s educator workforce. SDP’s Human Capital Diagnostic investigates questions on five critical topics related to teachers and teacher effectiveness: recruitment, placement, development, evaluation, and retention.

(2014). SDP College-Going Diagnostic for Colorado . Strategic Data Project.Abstract

Initiative (CEI) to produce the SDP College-Going Diagnostic. The diagnostic analyses focus on describing college enrollment and persistence rates of high school graduates across Colorado; describing patterns in students’ participation in college-level coursework (in particular, AP classes and concurrent enrollment participation) in high school; and investigating the extent to which students’ participation in AP classes and concurrent enrollment programs is associated with persistence at both two-year and four-year colleges.

(2013). Graduate Exit Survey Toolkit . Strategic Data Project.Abstract

This toolkit provides useful resources for designing and rolling out a high school graduate exit survey, as well as effectively analyzing survey results in a school district. Anyone who is interested in implementing a high school exit survey, reworking a current exit survey, or effectively analyzing survey results in a school district can leverage this resource.

Learn more about the [Graduate Exit Survey].

Jenkins, L., Wisdom, M., & Glover, S. (2012). Increasing College-Going Rates in Fulton County Schools: A Summer Intervention Based on the Strategic Use of Data. Purchase case study on Harvard Education Press websiteAbstract

This case study, published by Harvard Education Press, describes how to use data to challenge assumptions, reveal student needs, address these needs programmatically, and evaluate results. It shows a team of data specialists and educators working together, across institutional and departmental boundaries, to determine why some high school seniors who intend to go to college after graduation do not enroll in the fall. Together, they develop, implement, and evaluate a summer counseling intervention program called Summer PACE to ensure that more students enroll seamlessly in college.

2013 May 15

Beyond the Numbers Convening 2013

Wed May 15 (All day) to Fri May 17 (All day)

The third annual SDP Beyond the Numbers Convening, From Classroom to Boardroom: Analytics for Strategy and Performance, was held in Boston, MA on May 15–17, 2013. Participants included SDP Fellows (current and alumni); SDP Fellows’ Supervisors; members of ActivateED, a collaborative effort with Education Pioneers and the Broad Center; SDP Faculty Advisors; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation representatives; Center for Education Policy Research staff; and key leaders in K–12 education.... Read more about Beyond the Numbers Convening 2013

2012 Apr 23

Beyond the Numbers: The Power of Analytic Leaders

(All day)

Location: 

Boston, MA

Two hundred education leaders from across the country gathered in Boston, MA to attend the 2nd annual Strategic Data Project (SDP) Spring Convening, Beyond the Numbers: The Power of Analytic Leaders. Participants engaged in discussions about improving the use of data and analysis in their respective partner agencies, and partook in a rich set of sessions focused on college-going success and the human capital pipeline. Speakers included Amy Briggs, Chief Operating Officer at Student Achievement Partners; John Friedman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kenned School; and...

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2012 Aug 06

Summer Institute for Leadership in Analytics

Mon Aug 6 (All day) to Wed Aug 8 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Graduate School of Education | Cambridge, MA

The Strategic Data Project (SDP) hosted its first Summer Institute for Leadership in Analytics in August 2012. The institute is designed to be for for any education analyst, not already part of the SDP program, interested in analyzing student achievement data to understand students’ progress through high school and into college.  Participants need not be an expert in statistical programming, though a basic understanding is recommended (e.g., Stata, SAS, R, SPSS).  The institute sought out analysts passionate about changing the culture of data use in education who are ready to take their statistical skills to the next level!... Read more about Summer Institute for Leadership in Analytics

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