Tapping into big data and learning analy…

Tapping into big data and learning analytics in public (or private) education is essential at the school and district level. Individuals who have never worked in higher management may not always be able to see the big picture, especially when there are so many day to day tasks that consume our time. The power of utilizing data to find otherwise missed patterns or trends (e.g., attendance, performance, graduation rates, etc.) allows schools and districts to address issues as they arise and make well-informed, research-based decisions. The 2017 Horizon Report for K-12 Education gives an excellent summary and several examples of how learning analytics can be applied in educational settings. I believe we currently have the means to implement analytics technologies into our school systems; however, a few obstacles may include funding for public schools for some of the more advanced programs and software as well as sufficient training for staff and specialists in learning how to utilize this technology to its full potential.