Denmark's STIL makes primary school information easier to access for parents across the country with TARGIT Decision Suite

February 02, 2016
The new digital tool provides access to education data for school boards, parents, students, teachers, school administrators, and politicians.

DENMARK -- Today the Minister for Children, Education, and Gender Equality Ellen Trane Nørby launched a new digital tool by TARGIT that provides stakeholders on schools fast and flexible access to key performance indicators for primary schools. Here, parents, students, principals, municipalities, and teachers are able to compare and follow the development of the schools in a better way. By using the tool, users can benchmark schools on various data points, such as how students thrive at school, and how they are doing after the ninth-grade tests. This enables administrators to better develop schools and parents and children to better select them based off of their needs.

The new tool utilizes TARGIT Decision Suite to make it easier for students, parents, school boards, teachers, and principals to engage in dialogue and contribute to strengthening the schools' development. The tool makes it clearer to schools, municipalities, school leaders, and teachers where action must be taken and where inspiration can be drawn.

The tool makes the data that is already publicly available much more accessible with user-friendly data visualization and benchmarking abilities. At the same time, head principals are able to add comments regarding each school's performance and circumstances, and how the school works with, for example, well-being and subject knowledge. Finally, the data from the general well-being survey carried out by all public schools is now available at a more detailed level.

"The aim is to create transparency about the schools' performance in a user-friendly way. We want all the data we have today in the Ministry's databases to function as a working tool for teachers, principals, school boards, and parents. It is a development tool that will help schools to achieve better results and equip parents, students, teachers, and leaders better to talk together about the challenges," says Nørby.

With a few clicks, users can use the new tool to compare schools based on data on seven parameters:
    • Student absences
    • School grades
    • Grades adjusted in relation to the school’s socioeconomic background
    • Data on how students thrive socially and academically, peace and order
    • The students’ educational status at the end of the ninth grade
    • The proportion of courses covered by educators with main subject competence or equivalent

The tool can be accessed at this site from today: www.uvm.dk/skoletal

The official Danish press release can be found here: Nu bliver der nemmere adgang til information om grundskolerne

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