Data Science Helping Students Succeed

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eScholar manages a lot of data! We manage billions of educational experience records for millions of individuals from birth through higher education. Several years ago while working with one of our large educational agency partners, our data science team set out to answer a seemingly simple question, “Is it possible to analyze the anonymous records of students that have  … Read more

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What does DATAG stand for?

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  During the summer when eScholar is preparing for the annual DATAG Summer Conference I often get the question “What does DATAG stand for?”. It’s both a simple and complex question. The simple answer is that DATAG stands for Data Analysis Technical Assistance Group. However, the answer to the question, what does DATAG stand for,  … Read more

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The Right Solution for the Arlington Independent School District

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We have exciting news! The Arlington Independent School District (AISD) is the first district in Texas to implement eScholar myTrack, an instructional improvement system that provides in-depth and actionable data analysis for teachers, staff, and administrators. Rather than simply providing assessment scores and attendance records, eScholar myTrack provides the data analysis in an actionable way  … Read more

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Is it possible to keep customers happy and student data safe?

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  As more and more states introduce bills and laws regarding the use of student data and student data privacy, education tech companies need to adapt to this changing landscape and adjust how they do business and support their customers.  eScholar is no exception.  We pride ourselves in doing whatever is necessary to provide our  … Read more

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New Mexico Public Education Department Data Conference 2016

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eScholar is a proud sponsor and presenter at this year’s New Mexico Public Education Department Data Conference. It is being held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa on April 13th-15th. We will also be hosting an evening reception on the veranda for all conference attendees. Don’t miss our presentations, click here to download  … Read more

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Countering a Self-defeating Phenomena: Nobody Like Me

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Are you one among the “nobody like me”? One of the key things we hear from students on our journey to support personalizing education, is a phenomena that we at eScholar have come to call “nobody like me”.  It reveals itself time and time again as, “nobody like me goes to college”, “nobody like me is an engineer” or  … Read more

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Why Data Quality Matters in Education

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What Matters the Most with Education Data Education agencies nationwide have collectively spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the last decade building state longitudinal data systems (SLDS) to collect and integrate the information dispersed across countless source systems throughout their enterprise into a consolidated education data warehouse. The goals of these systems include streamlining  … Read more

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How is eScholar Implementing the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)?

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In education, the majority education agencies and vendors rely and implement the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) to use a common language for disparate data applications. At eScholar, we’ve not only been advocates of CEDS, but we’ve been implementing them since version 1 and even earlier with the NCES Student Data Handbooks. But what exactly does this mean  … Read more

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It Takes a Village to Personalize Education

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Can we personalize education? Now more than ever, the old African saying “It takes a village to raise a child” applies to educating our children, as parents, teachers and administrators must collaborate and work in a concerted effort. Clearly every student is different. Educators still face challenges to offer a personalized education. With an education  … Read more

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Civics Education

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  For our February Newsletter it seemed, with President’s Day and all the focus on the next election, this would be a good time to talk about Civics Education. I expect it will not be a surprise to the teachers of Civics, U.S. Government and other similar courses that mastery in these courses is highly  … Read more

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An Overview of the 2015 SLDS Grants

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Since 2005, the Statewide Longitudinal Data System Grant Program has been assisting states with data-informed decision making. States started creating their statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) in order to understand what works and what doesn’t work with their policies and programs. Many states support their districts with funding for programs such as response to intervention  … Read more

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Can you have both educational standards and personalized education?

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I want to respond to comments I have heard on the topic of personalized education that say standards are the antithesis of local control, flexibility, creativity and personalization. Obviously, if we standardized everything about education and applied that standard to all students, we would have a system much less local, creative and personal than we  … Read more

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Essential Elements and 3 Core Enablers of Personalized Learning

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Every now and then there is a new buzzword in the education industry but the one topic that refuses to fizzle out is “Personalized learning/education” and how we can achieve this. It is one of the most popular terms in education. As per Wikipedia, ”Personalized learning is the tailoring of pedagogy, curriculum and learning environments by  … Read more

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2015 VSBA Conference this week

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I am excited to have another opportunity to meet with the Virginia educators next week at the VSBA Conference. We are excited about the level of interest Virginia educators have shown in the unique capabilities of eScholar myTrack®, particularly our focus on student goals, interventions and alerts. Having been chosen as one of only two  … Read more

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Security & Privacy – Protecting Student Data

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One of the first things that struck me when we became involved in education data nearly 20 years ago was how educators prioritize safeguarding student data. It makes sense when you consider the focus educators place on protecting students. Since that moment, we have embraced this same set of priorities:   Protect students and their data. Use  … Read more

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eScholar and the Student Privacy Pledge

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Recently, eScholar signed the Student Privacy Pledge, an initiative to increase educational technology transparency and detail ongoing education data industry practices. We’re pleased to be a signatory of this Pledge but we understand that we have to go beyond the Pledge to meet the unique needs of each of our customers. Shawn Bay founded eScholar  … Read more

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NYSCATE 2014: I’m Keynote Speaker Shawn Bay and I’d Like Your Input.

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NYSCATE’s annual conference has always been about interaction and collaboration. Sure we’re a bunch of technology geeks, but technology is only useful insofar as it helps people. I’m honored and excited to be one of NYSCATE 2014’s keynote speakers. I’ll be speaking on Monday, November 24th at 2:30 p.m. in the Rochester Convention Center’s Exhibit  … Read more

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Personalized Education Can Improve Attendance

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In 1852, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to make school attendance mandatory. Every child between the ages of eight and fourteen was required to go to class for at least three months out of the year. The government fined families $20 for truancy, which is approximately $622 in today’s dollars. Those Massachusetts legislators were  … Read more

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How High Can You Jump?

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As many of you know, I’m the proud parent of two great kids. My daughter is a sophomore in high school, and my son is now a senior and working on his college applications. A while ago, he and I were working our way through his SAT prep book when the remarkable happened. He relaxed  … Read more

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Let’s Be Problem Solvers at SXSWedu 2015

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SXSWedu is one of education’s largest gatherings with the stated purpose of “fostering innovation by hosting a diverse and energetic community.” They do a pretty good job at this, but after attending the conference these past two years, I’ve always felt like there was something missing. The majority of sessions at SXSWedu follow a standard  … Read more

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eScholar’s Perspective on The Protecting Student Privacy Act of 2014

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Parents and students should have more control over how data about them and their education are used. We believe they should have this control regardless of who is managing their data on their behalf. In our experience, most school districts, state education agencies and higher education institutions take advantage of a mix of in-house and “outside parties” to run their operations, including managing data. If this is done well, it should appear seamless to the parent and student. No matter who is managing the data, all parties must be held to the same standards to provide transparency while still protecting student privacy.

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Goals Matter Contest Winner: Anna, Age 11

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This spring, eScholar held a Goal Matters Essay and Video Contest for students ages 8-17. As we read and watched hundreds of creative entries to choose winners and finalists, we were inspired by how driven, articulate, and optimistic these young students are. It’s clear that they are serious about their future aspirations. Many are motivated  … Read more

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Goals Matter Contest Winner: Zakiyyah, Age 15

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When we launched the inaugural eScholar student contest last year around the theme of why education matters, it became clear from the entries we received that most students understood their education is relevant because they all had clear goals they wanted to achieve. Focused on personalized education with a mission to help individual student succeed  … Read more

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Announcing the Winners of Goals Matter!

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When I was a teacher, I loved learning about my students’ goals and seeing how they worked to achieve them over the course of the school year. This year, the eScholar contest provided us with that insight, except instead of learning about student goals over the course of a year, we learned about the goals  … Read more

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Addressing Security and Privacy

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Data privacy and security are issues that I, along with the rest of the eScholar team, take very seriously. Recently, Stephanie Simon, education editor at Politico.com, published an article called “Data Mining Your Children”. In the article, Ms. Simon included a statement about eScholar. The statement reads: “The data storage and analytics firm eScholar, which sells software to  … Read more

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Announcing eScholar’s Annual Student Contest: Goals Matter

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It’s finally spring, and that means school’s almost out for the summer.  As students and teachers prepare to wrap up this school year, it’s the perfect time to take a quick break to celebrate all the great things students have learned and accomplished. Last spring, we launched our inaugural annual student contest with Make My  … Read more

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