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Navigating the overcrowded information highway: How to streamline school data

“Streamline” is the buzzword of the moment, especially in the world of edtech. While technology has revolutionized the way schools gather and analyze student data to improve instructional effectiveness, the average number of tech products school districts access in a given month has almost tripled over the last several years, from 548 during the 2017-18 school year, to 1,417 during the 2021-22 school year.

This number is dizzying not only to teachers and administrators but students and families as well, making technological progress feel counterproductive. Managing data from multiple sources makes it difficult to connect the dots and easy to miss key information when attempting to get a comprehensive, whole-child view of a student. Creating a “one stop shop” for data means teachers can spend less time tracking down informational points, and more time focusing on what matters most—their students.

Here are three reasons school districts should streamline their data sources:

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