How Hoonuit Fosters Data Literacy in Educators

Posted by Mandy GroenO

January 16, 2020

How are educators using data to improve student outcomes? Hoonuit’s solutions help teachers and school administrators boost their data-literacy in a streamlined and intuitive way.

Strategic data collection and analysis is on the rise in the education sector, and for good reason. Today’s educators have realized that wading through disparate student data related to testing, attendance, behavior, and performance doesn’t offer the nuance required to improve student outcomes. On the other hand, insights powered by clean, actionable data empower educators to do their jobs most effectively.

The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) recently published a report detailing the resources educators and administrators need to become more data-rich and data-literate, including survey results direct from educators themselves. Taking a look at the DQC’s findings, let’s examine how Hoonuit’s solutions can help educators streamline processes and provide students with personalized, data-driven guidance.

DQC Report Explores the State of Data Literacy

The DQC’s findings demonstrate that teachers and school administrators have a vested interest in using data to improve student outcomes, but they often lack the tools to do so in an effective and efficient manner.

According to a DQC public opinion research survey, the vast majority of teachers already utilize data to inform daily instruction and create long-term plans for students, which is an important step toward data literacy. 88 percent of teachers use data to provide a framework for creating student goals, and 89 percent look to data-driven insights to find out how well students are responding to lessons.

However, educators often find themselves working on their own time and dime to analyze student data. Over 81 percent of teachers apply data to their lesson plans long after the school bell has rung, and 45 percent of data-literate teachers are self-taught.

Further, 77 percent of teachers surveyed by the DQC reported that their principals or assistant principals uphold data as a critical part of everyone’s jobs — yet only 57 percent feel that their supervisors actually put data to use themselves. Data literacy must be championed from the top-down, and reconciling that 20 percent discrepancy between data-use expectations and reality necessitates a district-wide shift.

How Hoonuit Fosters Data Literacy

So how can school districts bridge this gap? Data literacy for principals and school administrators means creating an environment where data can thrive. Educators need secure access to up-to-date student information, dedicated data literacy skill programs, and a more collaborative approach to data implementation that evenly distributes the responsibility of cultivating an effective data culture.

At Hoonuit, we provide teachers and school administrators with a full range of solutions designed to build a data-informed culture, solve “the data rich information poor” (DRIP) problem, and use data-driven insights to give students what they need to succeed.

Hoonuit’s data management solution helps educators gather data and put it to work dynamically. Our platform integrates disparate data sources so educators have all the necessary information in one place. It also uses cutting edge machine learning and cross-domain analysis to produce data-driven insights about student performance, behavior, intervention opportunities, and more. When educators put these insights into action, they’re better equipped to help students meet their goals.

Data Literacy in Action

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is an excellent example of what can happen when school districts connect with a data-focused education analytics partner. In 2012, Wisconsin DPI partnered with Hoonuit to promote data literacy across its districts by creating a state-wide data system that was secure, intuitive, and accessible to teachers and administrators alike.

Working closely with the WI DPI team, WISEdash (the Wisconsin Information System for Education) was created. Not only does WISEdash feature data visualization capabilities that make data clear and actionable, but it also helps educators and school administrators become more involved in school improvement planning by enabling them to actively engage with data.

In addition, we built our School Improvement Tool with input from the Wisconsin DPI team to solve their real world challenges. This resource is an innovative documentation tool that tells users what their data means and suggests ways to act upon it. It is interactive, allowing educators, school administrators, and district leadership to create a data narrative. This establishes a trail that educators can look back on and use to inform future datasets. Further, the tool gets educators in the habit of thinking more about what data can do as opposed to what data simply is, which is a key component of data literacy.

With the help of WISEdash, many Wisconsin public schools have dramatically increased their data literacy, adopted a more focused approach to school improvement, and transferred these successes to thousands of students. The year (and decade) of the data-rich educator is upon us, and we’re eager to see how Hoonuit can continue to help educators and school administrators reach their data-driven goals.

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