Discover New Ways Data Can Help Students Succeed
In this work, EA collaborated with the CORE Districts and Cricket Design Works to design, iteratively develop, and pilot test a set of student- and family- facing reports that school districts can distribute to help improve students’ readiness for college and beyond. This collaboration resulted in the CORE College Roadmap Series, which provides an accurate and holistic snapshot of a student’s progress along their educational trajectory—from early middle school through the end of high school—and provides actionable guidance on how to improve their future outcomes.
Information Used to Predict Lanes
Students receive the High School Roadmap at the beginning of 7th and 8th grades. This roadmap reports students’ attendance, test scores, grades, and information about their recent classes; it also includes an introduction to California’s A–G course requirements, so students know what they need to do in high school in order to graduate college-ready. The College Roadmap is delivered to students at the beginning of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, and it adds in their A–G course requirement progress, grades, PSAT/SAT test results, and a projected CSU Index (which tells students whether they are eligible for admission to a California State University).
Working on the College Roadmap Project has been a great experience. In other projects I have worked on, the focus of the analytics tends to be schools, districts and programs, but this project focused on helping individual students navigate the educational system. The project brings together research, design, and engineering, making it a dynamic and rewarding project to be a part of.
Each roadmap report also includes a readiness lane for each student, which uses a statistical model that incorporates the data shown in the roadmaps to predict how ready a student is to succeed in in high school or in college. The high school roadmaps indicate which of three readiness lanes a student is in, and the college roadmap indicates which of five readiness lanes a student is in. Students also receive recommended action steps based on which lane they are in, to help them change gears and move into the next lane.
How the Readiness Lanes are Assigned
EA always provided high-quality service and relentless effort to ensure our analytics, design, and engineering needs were met for the College Roadmap series. Starting from the ideation of our College Roadmap Series to the full execution and production of student- and family-facing reports across California, we couldn’t have imagined a better partner than Education Analytics to co-lead this massive endeavor.
What Lies Ahead
“This project was a big leap forward for EA, as we continue to broaden the scope of education data consumers to be inclusive of teachers, school counselors, parents, and students themselves. Developing the college roadmaps series with CORE has pushed EA to think deeply about the intersection of challenging data acquisition, rigorous statistical modeling, engaging and intuitive reporting, and effective and efficient rollout of reporting at a large scale. Prioritizing tools that communicate the information that students (and their families) need to know to reach their postsecondary goals is deeply aligned to EA’s mission of using data to improve student outcomes. In response to the shifting educational landscape brought about by COVID, this mission--and projects like the college roadmap series in pursuit of that mission--become more important than ever to ensure equitable access to actionable information for all youth."