Illuminations and Insights

We shine a light on our partners, the work we've done across the country, and insights from our team members.

Supporting COVID recovery: Strengthening state capacity to identify evidence-based improvement strategies

Through the Wisconsin-Minnesota Comprehensive Center – Region 10, EA has partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to provide support to districts in developing plans to use COVID-19-related funding to implement evidence-based improvement strategies.

Turning public data into custom insights: How EA has built a public data platform for our partners

Sometimes our partners cannot access student-level data. In this blog, we detail how EA maintains a robust data system of publicly available data and how we create custom reporting to provide data-driven insights for our partners.

Data neighborhoods: Preserving context around educational data

In this blog, we establish core principles for conceptualizing data interoperability as transport, including how decentralized governance models enable local control over data in ways that maximize privacy and security. We introduce the concept of "data neighborhoods" as a metaphor for this interoperability model, and we connect different kinds of context around educational data to the core principles.

Monitoring statewide academic recovery after COVID-19: Evidence from South Carolina

We have been using interim assessments across the state of South Carolina to monitor learning lag and recovery. Here, we present results from analyses using data from Fall 2021 and suggest data-driven approaches for targeting accelerated learning strategies to the students most in need.

Delivering evidence-based interventions: How Future Forward adjusts dosage and develops graduation criteria to best serve students at scale

EA’s Future Forward Literacy program is a highly effective evidence-based tutoring program. Such programs have become even more needed in the wake of COVID-19 school disruptions. In this blog, we describe Future Forward and discuss how dosage can be adjusted, including through the development of “graduation” criteria, so COVID-related funding can be used for interventions for as many students as needed.

Flexibility during COVID-19: What we can learn from California’s use of interim assessments in the 2020-21 school year

Many local education agencies (LEAs) in California administered an interim assessment instead of the state’s summative assessment in 2020-21. Using data from 47 LEAs, we compare participation and proficiency rates in 2020-21 with pre-COVID rates, as well as highlight the work of one school that excelled in supporting their students’ learning during COVID-19.