Over the past five months, ExcelinEd has been focused on bringing creative energy to a national opportunity. And just what is that opportunity? Improving parents’ ability to access and understand powerful school information.
Today, we are pleased to share the Building State Capacity for Powerful School Information findings brief from the My School Information Design Challenge. This brief reviews the research that inspired the project, recaps design submissions and highlights key elements of a high-quality report card. (Click here to see the award winning designs.)
Our goal is simple: to inspire states to develop the next generation of school report cards.
ExcelinEd learned that to be effective school report cards must have the following design elements:
- User-friendly interface—including simple informational detail and summaries, customization, easy-to-interpret results and the ability to be read on the web, in print and on mobile devices.
- Functionality that empowers action, allows easy navigation and provides comprehensive and comparable information.
- Creatively visualizing complex performance data and trends.
The good news is that with today’s technologies, such as mobile delivery and graphic design capabilities, states have the opportunity to engage the public in ways never before possible.
Despite the difficulty of the task, ExcelinEd is committed to the next—and possibly most important—step in the challenge process: working with states to reinvent their school report cards.
To kick-start state-level efforts, ExcelinEd has shared the winning designs and contact information for the winning designers with state departments of education, policymakers and lawmakers.
We look forward to assisting state partners and educators to revolutionize parental access to powerful school information.
About the author
Patricia Levesque @levesquepat
Patricia is the Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She served as Governor Jeb Bush’s deputy chief of staff for education, enterprise solutions for government, minority procurement, and business and professional regulation. Previously, Patricia served six years in the Florida Legislature in the Speakers Office and as staff director over education policy. Contact Patricia at PatriciaLevesque@excelined.org