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The ability to turn data into information quickly and easily has become increasingly important in education. As part of DPI’s ongoing effort to support research and analysis that improves educational outcomes, the Department of Public Instruction purchased a suite of tools—called business intelligence, or BI, Tools—that will change the way DPI provides the data we collect back to schools and districts, and change the way that school and district staff, as well as the public, can access data about Wisconsin public schools.
The goal of WISEdash is to increase access to education data—and, in doing so, enable more data informed decisions—by providing access to an unprecedented number of reports on a variety of topics. DPI believes that multiple indicators of student learning and performance should be incorporated into analysis and decision-making at all levels including the classroom, school and district. WISEdash will enable DPI to provide a plethora of reports and dashboards—in a single location—directly to districts on topics that draw from our longitudinal data system. Eventually, WISEdash will be used to provide public reports in addition to secure reports for district users. The reports and dashboards DPI will provide through WISEdash will help build a better understanding of education performance and outcomes for Wisconsin students, and help inform decisions ensuring every child graduates from high school prepared for both college and career pathways.
a way of organizing our education data (called a data model) that enables easy, intuitive, and smart reporting;
role-based data access and dashboards;
public and secured reporting that can reach a wide variety of users with diverse data needs;
simple ad hoc reporting functionality (choose a district, choose a demographic);
advanced reporting capabilities for power users at the district and state level to create customizable reports; and
professional development resources such as pre-made workbooks to guide use and understanding of tools, dashboards and reports.
|Getting Started: About WISEdash for Districts||Document giving a brief summary of WISEdash for Districts.|
|Getting Started: Access to WISEdash for Districts||Document describing the steps to get access to WISEdash for Districts.|
|WISEdash for Districts Frequently Asked Questions||Webpage listing frequently asked questions from our users with a response from the WISEdash team.|
|WISEdash for Districts User Guide||Summary user guide for WISEdash for Districts.|
|WISEdash for Districts ASM Roles||Document detailing the security roles available in WISEdash for Districts and their descriptions.|
|Executive Summary||Overview of the Business Intelligence Solution project.|
|Project Charter||Detailed project information for the Business Intelligence Solution.|
|WISEdash for Districts User Video-General||WISEdash for Districts User Video-Growth|
|WISEdash Timeline and Updates|
Adding Additional Data and Dashboards to WISEdash for Districts
The integration of MAP data and dashboards into WISEdash is in progress!
Public version of WISEdash
The development of the public version of WISEdash, which will eventually enable DPI to phase WINSS out as our main public reporting tool, is in progress.
|January 29, 2013||
Adding Additional Data and Dashboards to WISEdash
As of this morning High School Completion dashboards have been added to WISEdash.
|January 22, 2013||
Adding Additional Data and Dashboards to WISEdash
As of this morning Postsecondary Enrollment dashboards and ACCESS for ELL dashboards have been added to WISEdash.
Next: Graduation Dashboards
|November 16, 2012||
Statewide Rollout Update
Next: Curriculum Development
Next: Adding Additional Data and Dashboards to WISEdash
Next: Major Effort
|Beginning September 5, 2012||WISEdash operational for district analysis purposes; Statewide rollout begins
Secure release only; log in required and available only to school and district staff.
|June 2012||On June 7 DPI sent an initial memo out inviting a few districts to paticipate in the WISEdash pilot. On June 19 we sent a next steps memo out to districts who indicated that they would like to participate. We set up our first pilot users on June 21st and are now ready to rollout statewide.|
|WISEdash Presentation and Communications|
|Introduction to WISEdash-Updates||Presentation created in October 2013 giving an overview of data systems and WISEdash in particular. This presentation includes an update on t WISEdash for Districts (accessed through Secure Home portal) and an update on the WISEdash Public Portal.|
|Introduction to WISEdash||Presentation created in May 2013 giving an overview of data systems and WISEdash in particular. This presentation includes an update on the secured version of WISEdash and introduces the public version.|
|WISEdash Update Presentation||Brown bag update presentation given to DPI staff on September 12, 2012|
|Taking a Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) From Fundamentals to Advanced Capabilities||The development of a statewide longitudinal data system presents a myriad of daunting tasks. Building the advanced user functionalities necessary to truly transform the process by which educators interpret data and then implement that data via their decision-making procedures may appear an interminable goal. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will demonstrate the fundamental processes and tools it, along with key partners, is currently developing and piloting in several districts across the state. Advanced features include unique presentations of student growth (including statistical projections of growth) and value-added data (including differential effects) at the school, grade and classroom levels.
|Introducing WISEdash||Presentation providing an overview of DPI's Business Intelligence solution.
|Introducing DPI's Education Business Intelligence Solution||Presentation providing an overview of DPI's Business Intelligence solution.
|Pilot Memo||Message to district contacts indicating next steps for participation in the pilot. The memo was sent to those districts who accepted the pilot invitation.|
|Pilot Memo||Message to District Administrator's, CESA Administrators, and additional district contacts inviting the district to participate in the WISEdash pilot. Districts were nominated by the CESA Administrators.|
|ConnectEd Issue||October 4, 2011 Message to ConnectEd Subscribers introducing DPI's new Business Intelligence solution. (This issue has been archived.)|
|External Stakeholder Participation Invitation||May 5, 2011 Message to districts from the Assistant Superintendent for Libraries, Technology, & Community Learning introducing DPI's new Business Intelligence solution. Also invites districts to participate in solution discussions.|
|Bi-Weekly Mailing||May 4, 2011 Message to District Administrator's from the State Superintendent introducing DPI's new Business Intelligence solution.|
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WISEDASH FOR DISTRICTS Main Contacts
|Project Sponsor||Kurt Kiefer
Assistant State Superintendent
Division for Libraries,Technology, and Community Learning
Phone: (608) 266-2205
|Project Manager||Melissa Straw
Manager, Data Warehouse & Decision Support
Data Warehouse & Reporting (LDS)
Phone: (608) 266-1089
|Business Sponsor||Laura Pinsonneault
Office of Educational Accountability (OEA)
Phone: (608) 266-1647