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TSBA District Data Dashboard an important resource for Tennessee school districts and local employers

Brandon Paykamian • Jan 27, 2019 at 8:39 PM

The Tennessee School Boards Association announced Wednesday the completion of its new District Data Dashboard, a tool allowing parents, educators and employers a closer look at Tennessee’s school districts.  

The new dashboard was designed to help local school systems prepare their students for career pathways and strengthen college readiness in each local district. The new online tool also allows visitors to take a look at regional market statistics, demographics, academic and financial data.

Initially, the plan was to create a tool that would help local educators in their schools’ planning processes, but TSBA President and Johnson City Board of Education Secretary Kathy Hall said the dashboard includes information for anyone curious about where their local school district is at in terms of college readiness, technical readiness and more.

“There’s all sorts of data in here,” she said. “It tells us the top five ‘career clusters’ in each area and how many openings there are per year, what the median wage is there and what the 10-year prediction for jobs are.” 

According to statistics on the website, the top five career clusters with the most projected growth in Johnson City schools are health science, business administration, hospitality and tourism, transportation and marketing.

“So there’s a lot of information about the area we live in and where the job growth is going to be,” Hall said, citing growth in demand for pharmacology and health care workers. “Our career and technical education (at Science Hill High School) has continued to go into what’s needed in this (health care) area.” 

For school districts across the state, Hall said the dashboard is a comprehensive resource to see the strengths and weaknesses of their schools. 

“We see this being used by school systems to help direct students to the right direction,” she said. “But the truth is that there are a lot of people who would want to see this dashboard.

“I'm really excited about what this can mean for the state and the information this can give districts at their fingertips without having to go and look for it all themselves.”

To take a look at the TSBA District Data Dashboard, visit www.tsbadatadashboard.com

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