DATA CENTER

The Data Center tracks data on historic rates for our key Cradle-To-Career and community indicators. This information guides Collaborative Action Network strategies and measures our movement’s success in increasing high school graduation, advancing college enrollment and completion, and closing racial and income equity gaps across indicators.

Each indicator dashboard includes a series of “story points” asking questions about student outcomes, such as “What is the current rate? What are historic rates? How does this vary by overlapping identities (such as Latinx, in poverty and Special Ed) or geography? How do schools vary by rate and composition?” As of Summer 2020, we have added numerous questions and layers of filtering. 

Click on the arrow next to each indicator below to reveal data. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

These dashboards track data for high school graduation, college enrollment, college completion, and over a dozen Cradle-to-Career and community indicators.

Our Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) use the dashboard to help inform strategic interventions. Increasingly, we are also using (unpublished) dashboards for ways to evaluate how interventions are working, and for Continuous Improvement. Many partners also use the dashboards to aid in grant reporting and fundraising.

Data is currently updated annually, between six to twelve months after TPS completes an academic year. We are moving to more frequent data release schedules, and to regularly updating certain key data points.

The dashboards measure current and historical rates for each indicator, along with gaps by race, poverty and program. Each indicator has several story points allowing different types of filtering and disaggregation.

We are working towards using more real time data, particularly for program and strategic evaluation in our CANs and partnerships. We also intend to use our new data center to share trainings, techniques and tools for partner organizations and the community to better use data for equity.

The majority of our data (graduation, grades, attendance, etc.) comes from raw files through our data sharing agreement with Tacoma Public Schools. Standardized testing data comes from the state, and other data comes from a variety of state agency and nonprofit sources.

Different agencies and organizations use different metrics or criteria to calculate their results. Reporting requirements also change frequently due to state and federal legislation. We do our best to validate data and update based on requirements, but there may be discrepancies. See our data workflow for more information on our methods.

Please email data@graduatetacoma.org for more information.