How Hoonuit Supports Research, Data, and Accountability Teams

Posted by Mandy GroenO

August 6, 2019


As student data continues to deliver value to school districts, research, data, and accountability teams must develop ways for educators to access and utilize data analytics effectively.

As school districts integrate data analytics into both their daily and long-term planning, research, data, and accountability teams are tasked with developing new strategies for collecting and analyzing student datasets. At Hoonuit, we understand that obtaining good data — and making that data interpretable and actionable for educators — is no easy task, especially if you’re operating with limited resources. That’s why we’re committed to partnering with your team to provide best-in-class data-driven solutions.

By offering you an array of capabilities — from flexible reporting options to intuitive visualizations that make complex datasets easier to interpret — our mission is to help your district identify, monitor, and address key opportunities for improvement so you can transform your district through the power of data-driven decision-making.

Using a Powerful Accountability Reporting System to Juggle Multiple Initiatives

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Unlike its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) encourages educators to craft personalized evaluations of student achievement that extend beyond standardized tests. While this approach certainly represents an improvement, the increased autonomy it affords introduces the challenge of transforming student data into actionable insight.

Because ESSA is both a state requirement and unique to each district, it is often difficult to connect the dots between what your district must report to the state and what data your educators need to improve their day-to-day processes.

Hoonuit helps research, data, and accountability teams orchestrate these various moving parts by providing them with a robust accountability reporting system. This solution empowers educators and district leaders to track community-specific goals while always remaining compliant with ESSA requirements. It also helps research, data, and accountability teams aggregate data for their annual reports in localized accountability dashboards. These dashboards make it easy for district administrators to enable school leaders to monitor performance in real time — not just at the end of the year when reports are finalized.

Along with improving your accountability and reporting processes, your team can utilize Hoonuit’s accountability analytics to improve a variety of other critical initiatives in your district.

  • College and career readiness: Districts can leverage predictive analytics to improve how they prepare students for the next stages of their educational and/or professional journeys.
  • Early warning and intervention: Research, data, and accountability teams can improve intervention practices by tapping into data-driven insights that help educators identify which of their students need extra support and when.
  • Whole child: Educators can obtain a deeper understanding of the “whole child” — not just a child’s academics — by turning multiple datasets into accessible, actionable insights.
Leveraging Data to Level-Up School Improvement Planning

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School improvement is a complex and nebulous term. It is often used to refer to how district leaders set tangible goals for year-over-year improvement. However, it can also refer to the big picture process of transforming a district into a better-oiled machine. Either way, educators must monitor these initiatives with diagnostic metrics and internal accountability systems. There are some key considerations research, data, and accountability teams must account for while doing this.

The first is to recognize that school improvement must be treated as a continuous process if it is to create positive long-term change. Districts must establish sustained “feedback loops” that enable stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of any improvement plans they roll out. As part of this process, research, data, and accountability teams must compare historical data with data collected after process changes are instituted. By considering these longitudinal comparisons, schools can dig into the more deeply-rooted, systemic issues that improvement plans based on short-term analyses fail to address.

Secondly, it’s important for district stakeholders to develop a baseline level of data literacy so they are able to correctly interpret the nuances of their school improvement initiatives. In many districts, it’s up to the research, data, and accountability team to ensure an intuitive district-wide data framework is in place; otherwise, educators will struggle to interpret — let alone utilize — the data related to their schools’ improvement initiatives.

Once district stakeholders have developed the requisite data literacy, they must be able to make their improvement plans actionable. We recommend following a four-step process for doing so. By taking these steps, research, data, and accountability teams can evaluate their school improvement initiatives at more regular intervals and identify which solutions have been the most impactful.

By partnering with Hoonuit, your team can achieve a streamlined, data-driven approach to school improvement planning. With our tools at your disposal, you can utilize prebuilt, configurable workflows that make it easy for teachers, principles, counselors, and other educational stakeholders to analyze the results of improvement initiatives.

Superior Data Management

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Access to robust datasets creates opportunities for educators to highlight student trends, identify issues earlier, and help students overcome their struggles and realize their full potential. However, managing volumes of data can easily become overwhelming for educators. As such, to ensure data-driven solutions are leveraged in an effective manner, research, data, and accountability teams must help their colleagues understand and interpret the sprawling datasets to which they have access.

Hoonuit partners with districts to maximize the impact of their data through the use of powerful education-specific tools. Our workflows allow educators to leverage big data to solve everyday challenges, and we work closely with your team to facilitate the collection and organization of disparate datasets into easy-to-use, centralized dashboards. This makes it easier for districts to turn raw data points into actionable insights that can be used to improve student outcomes in myriad ways.

Fostering a Data-Driven Culture

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Data is a powerful resource that, when used properly, can increase productivity by five to six percent. In recent years, however, educators’ access to data has outpaced the rate at which they have been given access to the professional learning resources and intuitive tools they need to leverage it effectively. As such, it is essential for research, data, and accountability teams to foster data-driven cultures to ensure stakeholders across their districts are able to access and understand their data analytics solutions.

The most effective data-driven cultures inform decision-making at every level of a district, which means districts must encourage buy-in from — and then support — a wide variety of stakeholders. Translating raw analytics outputs into clear action steps can be a challenge for many educators, but it is made far easier within a districtwide culture that champions the power of data-driven decision-making.

Hoonuit helps our partners develop such a culture in a few ways:

  • Our analytics solutions provide built-in tools that help research, data, and accountability teams use data in sophisticated ways.
  • Our analytics solutions feature integrated professional development modules, enabling educators of all levels of data literacy to derive actionable insights from their data.
  • Our analytics solutions are built by former educators, meaning they’re tailored to the specific needs of educators who are trying to transform a district.
Selecting the Right Data Partner

In order for student data to be utilized to its fullest potential, educational stakeholders must be able to access, understand, and leverage new tools and solutions with ease. You do not need to brave this territory alone. With the right data partner — one who will help integrate and optimize cutting-edge data analytics in a meaningful way — research, data, and accountability teams can usher in a new and improved era of data-driven decision-making. Discover why Hoonuit is the right partner for you.

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