DOE study will provide powerful software that will enable easier tracking

GREENFIELD — Greenfield-Central High School has been tapped by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a two-year study aimed at identifying students at risk of dropping out.

Greenfield-Central already regularly analyzes student data to target students with poor attendance or falling grades for potential intervention strategies, but the software provided by the DOE is different, assistant principal Dan Jack recently told the G-C School Board.

The software will track student progress much earlier, potentially identifying students in need of extra attention as early as their first year of high school.

“We do think that it will offer some helpful information … starting at the freshman level, whereas currently, we have to wait at least a year really before we gather that data in a form we can use,” associate superintendent Ann Vail said.

The software automatically tracks data points including attendance, grades – even behavior in class if it results in a student being disciplined.

“We’ll have instant access to that,” Jack said. “It’ll be on our servers.”

The high school already can tap into that data, but without a software program to automatically compile the results, the process is time-consuming, Jack explained to the board.

“It can take all day just to pull the data for one category,” he said. “This is going be a huge help for us and a time-saver.”

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