Public School Reporting
Historically, federally mandated school reporting has been frustratingly bad. States often publish the bare minimum of information, hidden deep within their state websites, and without consideration of the parents and families who desperately want high quality information about their local schools.
At Tembo, we take a different approach. Starting with parent-first design, we provide states with a flexible and cost-effective reporting platform to publish clear and intuitive information to families. These reports allow administrators to comply with ESSA regulations while also translating accountability results into actionable information for students and families.
How can Tembo help?
Tembo provides clients with state-of-the-art school report cards that transform the way data is made available to its public and educators.
First, we create an interactive landing page that allows users to easily search for, and access, school report cards. We can configure this view to allow users to search by name, filter and sort on key categories, or use a map to find a particular school.
From here, users can easily navigate to public web report cards that provide clear, interactive information about how well the state, its districts, and its schools are performing. Each view is built on best practices in the field of data visualization and research with families. Our goal is to create clear, visually engaging reports that tell a story about that school’s data.
Each report card design follow an iceberg approach: we start big picture, with a performance snapshot and highlights, and then if users want to explore additional data or detail, they can. Users can navigate directly to district and/or school report cards or explore performance across a particular measure/metric. Depending on client needs, we can also provide a secure version of the same views, taking into consideration data suppression and user-based views.
Ultimately, we want to provide each key user group – families and the public, educators, and leadership – with clear, concise, and engaging tools for making sense of performance and equity data.
What have we created?
Over the past six years, we have worked with many districts and states to report information on the quality and equity of their schools. These include both print and web reports. Recently, we have work with the Delaware Department of Education, Camden City School District, School District of Philadelphia, the DC Public Charter School Board, Sacramento City Unified School District, the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office, and the DC Deputy Mayor for Education.
After building custom reports and scorecards for five years, we used our experience to develop our FIND and EXPLORE product platforms so that education agencies can configure reports quickly and cost effectively.
See some recent work:
Explore the ‘best practice’ design we created with Learning Heroes >
Explore Camden’s school infocards >
See the citywide DC Equity Report >
Explore Louisiana’s school performance scores >