ESSA Sets New Reporting Guidelines for Districts

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The Every Student Succeeds Act passed last year includes new guideline requiring states to report annual ‘per-pupil expenditures’ for all the K-12 schools in the their state. At first glance, this new stipulation in data reporting doesn’t sound all that difficult. Districts have been tracking teacher salaries and school expenses for decades. But in this lies the problem – all this data has been tracked at the district level, not the school level.

Beginning December 2018, “districts receiving Title I funds will have to start accounting for all expenditures at the school level”. As Tara Garcia Mathewson points out in this Education Drive article, this new reporting requirement didn’t foster much discussion while ESSA was being pushed through Congress, but it will result in “a significant change for many districts all over the country.”

Some districts are already worried about how to implement these changes. Just last week a group of senators drew up a letter to President Obama stating some of the new ESSA requirements may be going too far, including this school-level reporting requirement.

While some districts see this change in reporting as ‘tedious, if not impossible,” at Authentica we know it doesn’t have to be. Helping districts integrate and manage their data is exactly what we do. Districts already have the data they need to successfully fulfill these reporting requirements. One of the main obstacle they’re facing, however, is how to combine these datasets with other data that may be stored on different devices or in completely different systems. No K-12 district is equipped to handle that on their own.

Our DataSense EdTech Platform makes it possible for districts to share the data they need across all their applications. The Platform connects existing software applications and creates bi-directional flows of data (two-way flows) without the need for expensive custom development. Once these connections are made, data management becomes much simpler and district’s have access to powerful analytics and reporting capabilities.

Experts have advised districts to take action now. It’s important to get ahead of the deadlines and figure out where their numbers are at before getting caught off guard.

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