Beginning in January, anyone who wants to look more deeply into data on a range of metrics, including attendance, achievement, participation, and academic performance at Oak Park and River Forest High School will be able to visit the district’s new Interactive Dashboard. District 200 officials said the dashboard will go live on Jan. 7. 

During a Committee of the Whole meeting on Dec. 10, Greg Johnson, D200’s associate superintendent, and Chris Thieme, senior director of education technology, provided a brief overview of the new data technology to school board members.

“This dashboard will be updated each semester and provides for a deeper analysis of district outcomes,” they explained in a Dec. 10 memo. “A committee of teachers and administrators first identified the data points included in the dashboard last school year, and we presented their initial concepts to the board of education last December. This school year, as we have continued to develop the dashboard, we have gathered feedback from the district’s Culture Climate and Behavior (CCB) Committee during both the November and December meetings.”

The district also launched a new Strategic Dashboard, which is on the same landing page as the Interactive Dashboard. The Strategic Dashboard allows the public to track the district’s progress on the four priorities of its five-year strategic plan. Those priorities include: Racial Equity, Transformative Education, Transformative Leadership, Facilities, Finances and Operations.

“Within each of these areas, we have set a variety of goals, with specific timeframes and metrics,” according to language on the Strategic Dashboard web page. “This dashboard allows stakeholders to view the district’s progress toward each of these goals by clicking on the Strategy tab above. On the lefthand [sic] side, you’ll see a percentage ranging from 25 to 100. This figure represents how far along the district is in accomplishing the goal.”

The landing page also allows visitors to access Illinois School Report Card data, which the district will update each year after the annual report is published in October. 

“The ultimate goal of this framework was to increase our effective use of data to support student learning and success,” Johnson and Thieme explained in their memo. 

To see previews of the new landing page features, go online and visit: https://www.oprfhs.org/about/district-dashboards. 

CONTACT: michael@oakpark.com 

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