Like many states, the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) has traditionally produced state, district, and school-level report cards of education performance. For many states like Delaware, the primary objective of these report cards was to comply with state and federal laws that dictated what school performance data should be reported. As such, these report cards were designed to provide information required for compliance, and not necessarily to provide information that was useful, or easy to understand, for the public.
Tembo worked with the Delaware DOE to design and produce printable, single page ’Snapshot’ report cards for every district and school in the state. After mapping the available data for reporting, Tembo created two report cards designs that sought to guide the reader through increasingly detailed information. Delaware created a statewide survey, advertised to the public in the newspaper, to seek feedback on which design was preferred. Tembo used these survey results to finalize a design with multiple framework templates (for example, high schools report on different information than elementary schools). We also built a system that pulls data from a state-provided file, transforms it, and automates the report production. Tembo also illustrated and built a landing page that hosts all of the report cards, and provides an easy user interface to search for, and download, reports.
These snapshot report cards create consistent reporting across the state, while also providing intuitive, user-friendly reports to the public.