Linked Learning delivers better outcomes for students when it is implemented with fidelity to the four integrated core components. While the quantity of Linked Learning pathways available to students is rapidly expanding, an important challenge for the field at this moment is to ensure that this massive increase in scale is accompanied by a commitment to pathway quality.
To achieve this, pathways, districts, and consortia need to better understand what implementation strategies yield the highest impact for students. This requires more and better data about the Linked Learning experience, and the ability to compare between types of pathways and between pathway and non-pathway students.
Linked Learning Analytics helps districts and regional consortia to assess pathway impact and progress, monitor demographic trends, and identify successes and opporunities to improve student outcomes, including college and career readiness indicators.
Participating districts have access to predictive analytics and performance dashboards, and early warning signals through a centralized platform. Linked Learning Analytics offers districts and consortia the ability to organize and collaborate on a regional level. Additionally, Linked Learning Analytics includes customized reporting functions that help to clearly communicate the impacts of the Linked Learning pathway experience to local stakeholders and current and potential partners.
Linked Learning Analytics simplifies the work of reporting by sourcing the majority of data from files that are already reported for state and federal accountability purposes, supplementing them with customized pathway files. In addition to integrating data from LaunchPath and participating postsecondary institutions, through a partnership with NAF we are working to streamline reporting for academies within the NAF network.
Built in alignment with Linked Learning Certification, participating districts and consortia can leverage the power of both platforms to validate pathway quality and inform continuous improvement processes using the unique data collection, reporting, and analytical dashboards that each provides.
Districts and consortia have the opportunity to opt into Linked Learning Analytics alone, but by opting into both Linked Learning Analytics and the CORE Data Collaborative jointly, they can access a comprehensive K-12 data analytics system. Opting into both systems offers districts more expansive dashboards, reports and predictive analytics without a significant increase in the custom files districts must produce. This is because the two systems benefit from a majority of shared metrics and common data partners to streamline the process.
The primary distinction between the two data systems is that Linked Learning Analytics is focused on grades 9-12 and the postsecondary experience, emphasizing indicators of college and career readiness, and outcomes related to industry-themed pathways. The CORE Data Collaborative supports grades K-12 and incorporates measures of academic achievement and growth, school culture and climate, and student social-emotional factors.