It’s the best time of the year for any Oakland data nerd. It’s when data starts raining from the district and state!
I was thrilled to see that OUSD has released the Strategic Regional Analysis (SRA) for 2016-17
. This second edition of the SRA includes many data sets on OUSD schools across the five regions of the city (Central, East, Northeast, Northwest, West). Kudos to OUSD for this progress towards more transparency and to the Data & Assessment team for their impressive work. I’m excited to see how this data informs OUSD decisions.
For those of you who remember last year’s SRA, there are three key differences in this year’s:
- Interactive data visualization: Instead of a printable ginormous report with static graphs like last year’s, this year’s SRA presents information in forms of interactive dashboards, enabling each user to examine the data for answers to his/her own questions. You can focus in on one school, compare regions, or choose to look at trends for the district as whole.
- Less guided experience: Without the structure of a report narrative, users may miss interesting patterns and important conclusions from the data, particularly users who do not have a data background or comfort in navigating data visualizations. While the Executive Summary does include a few key takeaways, I’d love to see more. Later in this blog I’ll offer a few of mine.
- Deeper dive: This SRA dives deeper than before in some topics; for example, Teacher Retention expanded into Teacher Retention and Experience Levels.