Curriculum Leadership: How to Utilize Data and Analytics to be More Effective At Your School District

As a curriculum leader in a school district, your role is crucial to ensuring the success of students. One of the most effective ways to achieve success is by understanding how the use of data and analytics has the potential to impact school improvement efforts. Whether you are a district level assistant superintendent or a…

Data Science 101: What is Predictive Analytics?

As a school district leader, you are tasked with making decisions that impact student outcomes. One method of analyzing data utilizes predictive analytics. At ECRA, many of our products harness the power of predictive analytics to help school district leaders set goals, make decisions, and assess the impact of programming/interventions. In this article, we will…

Why is Evidence-Based Practice Important for School District Leaders?

As school district administrators, the principles of evidence-based practice (EBP) provides a framework for making informed decisions and maximizing positive outcomes for students and staff. As a district leader, promoting the concepts of evidence-based practice can have a positive impact on all district and school improvement efforts. A common misconception is that data is only…

Data Science 101: What is the Difference Between Data and Analytics?

Data vs. Analytics: Do you know the difference? And, how does this apply to a school district environment? As a school district administrator, you may have heard the terms “data” and “analytics” being used frequently (often together or interchangeably), but may not fully understand the difference between the two. It may seem rather basic, but…

ECRA Presents with CUSD 200 at NCE 2023 on Using a K-12 Strategic Dashboard Effectively

At The School Superintendents Association’s (AASA) 2023 National Conference for Education in San Antonio, TX, ECRA Group had the privilege of presenting with Wheaton Community Unit School District 200 (CUSD200) about their recent adoption of a Strategic Dashboard. Dr. John Gatta, CEO of ECRA and Dr. Jeff Schuler, Superintendent of Schools at CUSD200, described how…

Dr. John Gatta Published in AASA’s School Administrator

In the August 2022 issue of School Administrator magazine, published by The School Superintendent’s Association (AASA), Dr. John Gatta, CEO of ECRA Group, contributed an article on the topic of academic return on investment (ROI). The article can be viewed, in context, via AASA’s digital magazine. For your convenience, the article is also posted below.…

Education Talk Radio Interview: Academic Return on Investment

Listen to Dr. John Gatta, CEO of ECRA Group, in this interview with Larry Jacobs on Education Talk Radio, discuss how districts can measure academic return on investment (ROI). Dr. Gatta helps define academic return on investment and outlines several examples and some strategies for measuring ROI. This interview was made possible because of ECRA’s…

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Strategic Dashboard Overview Video

The ECRA Strategic Dashboard is a powerful tool that encourages district leaders to think differently about student success and school quality. The strategic dashboard provides an infrastructure for school districts to build their own school report card at the local level against a local definition of quality. It provides a framework for the superintendent to…