Hoonuit Makes Longitudinal Data Accessible for Educators

Posted by Mandy GroenO

January 30, 2020

In order to tackle student challenges and boost college readiness, today’s educators need an efficient way to make sense of longitudinal data.

At Hoonuit, we understand the important role data plays in improving student outcomes. School districts that foster an effective data culture empower educators with high-quality, accurate, and well-organized information, unlocking access to data-driven insights. However, not all datasets are created equal. When we partner with a school district, we prioritize longitudinal data in order to build a holistic picture of student achievement.

Longitudinal data is often used in clinical psychology or financial services, but it’s also a key concept in education. By definition, longitudinal data tracks the same variable over long periods of time in order to establish trends. In terms of education, teachers can use longitudinal data to find out, for example, if a student’s test scores have declined over time, and if so, why. Advances in education analytics like this are critical to facilitating student achievement, making the right interventions at the right time, improving graduation rates, and more.

Why is Longitudinal Data Important?

A student’s educational experience does not exist in a vacuum. More often than not, sudden bouts of absenteeism, low test scores, or behavioral issues are indicative of complex underlying causes. Data-driven educators see a dip in performance and start asking questions — then they turn to the data to identify any relevant trends.

What does a low test score mean? Is it an anomaly or part of a larger pattern? Based on this new information, what skills does the student need to improve? Longitudinal data helps answer these questions by allowing educators to see an individual student’s history holistically, with particular emphasis on how a student’s performance has fluctuated in response to external factors. Looking for patterns in the data, not just at the data itself, makes for more accurate predictions of future outcomes.

Longitudinal data can be used for more than assessing college and career readiness, however. Looking back over past student data — Hoonuit’s longitudinal data warehouse stores multiple years of material in one place — can help educators evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching methods. Educators can also plan interventions proactively by identifying which pressure points a student has been grappling with. This helps pinpoint students who are at-risk more quickly and get them the help they need before they get too far off track.

The Hoonuit Solution

Unfortunately, many school administrators have yet to leverage longitudinal data for their school districts because they don’t have a robust archive to draw insights from. Fortunately, Hoonuit can help solve this challenge. We empower educators to become data and information rich by helping them make sense of longitudinal data. Our resources turn raw data into digestible graphs, charts, and trend metrics — including predictive analytics — that educators can easily access.

Leveraging all available data, we run deep cross-domain analysis and blend multiple-source data to offer a comprehensive overview of your students’ educational experience. Equipped with a better understanding of how seemingly isolated factors intersect and fit into a larger picture, educators can begin improving student outcomes with a greater degree of nuance.

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