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What Matters Gets Measured: Working Together to Measure Progress in the OAC

by Tracy Najera and Erin Joyce, Battelle for Kids | Apr 20, 2016

In the fall of 2015, the OAC rolled out its first Performance Data Dashboard. This shared, online data resource helps OAC districts tell their story and answer questions about the progress that we’re making as individual districts and as a collaborative in moving college and career readiness forward for our students. The Performance Data Dashboard provides the status of major goals and benchmarks of the Straight A grant as follows:Slide1

  • Dual enrollment measures such as student enrollment, credits earned and the monetary value of those credits
  • Capacity measures such as the number of teachers who have been credentialed to teach dual enrollment courses and the number higher education partnerships established through the grant
  • College and career readiness measures including ACT participation and achievement, high school graduation rates and rates of industry credentials earned
  • Information about college-going and college persistence and progress toward implementation of career pathways

More importantly, the metrics provide each of us an opportunity to tell a story about the successes achieved by your teams and the unique opportunities now available to your students.  Below is an example of how these metrics come to life through your school district narrative.

Dashboard Metric

Transforming that Metric to a Compelling Story

Audience

Using that Story as a “Call to Action”

Dual enrollment measures such as student enrollment, credits earned and the monetary value of those credits

 

Students in our district today can get a head start on their college career by earning a full year’s worth of college credit before graduating from high school.

Business Community and Parents

The opportunities available to our students today can be propelled even further by offering our students meaningful career exposure and experience in regional industries where we have the most need.

Capacity measures such as the number of teachers who have been credentialed to teach dual enrollment courses and the number higher education partnerships established through the grant

As a result of our combined efforts, our students have more access to dual enrollment coursework thanks to partnerships with institutions of higher education.

Higher Education Partners

Let’s keep this momentum going and really focus on making sure that our programs are rigorous, affordable, and fair for the benefit of all involved.

This year’s dashboard represents the first step in a multi-year plan for the OAC to use data to support sustainability of the Straight A project.Slide2

  • Year 1: Focused on data identification, vetting the measures, determining how to best support data collection, and resulted in the first iteration of data dashboards.
  • Year 2: Collaborative will focus on testing the use of data dashboards with various audiences, using data to support continuous improvement efforts, exploring more automated processes for data collection, and generating second iteration of data dashboards.
  • Year 3: Final year of the grant, will include refinement of continuous improvement and response to data efforts, automation of data collection with clear processes, and a final iteration of data dashboard with refined features for users.