Schoollytics is a dashboard that keeps teachers, students and parents on the same page – Techdoxx

Deepak Gupta February 14, 2022
Updated 2022/02/14 at 6:56 PM

When I was in school – which, judging by how my spine feels most mornings, was fourteen thousand years ago – tracking how you were doing on your homework felt like homework in itself. Meanwhile, parents often didn’t know about their overall progress until the report cards arrived at the end of the trimester. If something happened that caused a student (or many students!) to start slipping academically, it was often up to the already incredibly busy teachers to dig through their gradebook and identify that dip. Much of this, it seems, is true today.

Schoolitics is a startup that is looking to change that. Launched as an “all-in-one information hub” for students, parents, teachers and administrators, Schoolytics is an analytics dashboard (School + Analytics = Schoolytics, yes?) signals notable changes and provides an overview of trends .

The Schoolytic dashboard comes in four flavors, each with a broader view than the last:

  • The student dashboard, which allows an individual student to keep track of their own grades, upcoming assignments, what they missed, and metrics like how often they turn in things on time.
  • The parent dashboard, which allows a parent/guardian to see these metrics for each of the children in their household
  • The teacher dashboard, which lets you see metrics for individual students or see things like assignment completion rates across the entire class. It can also help flag when a student suddenly starts missing assignments or automatically generate things like honor rolls (based on assignment completion rates) or progress reports.
  • The admin dashboard, which allows you to view metrics by school, grade, or dive into individual class reports.

Schoolytics was founded by Aaron Wertman and Courtney Monk, both of whom previously worked in data science at the mega-co Chegg textbook rental/online tutoring/education. Monk has also spent more than half a decade working with Teach For America and is a member of the school board in his local school district. While volunteering at KIPP’s Bay Area schools, Wertman discovered that many of the tools schools relied on were barebones and raw data. He started tinkering with ways to modernize everything in early 2020 – at the end of the year, the two formalized their efforts and launched Schoolytics.

Schooletics collects most of its data from a learning management system that many teachers are already using: Google Classroom. The classroom saw a tremendous peak usage During the pandemic, many teachers had to quickly move their virtual classrooms and assignments. But while Google Classroom helps collect basic data about what students have turned in, it’s up to teachers to figure out how to map or analyze it. Schoollytics gives this data a frontend and takes the manual heavy lifting and worksheet discussion off the teacher’s to-do list.

Schoollytics’ Teacher View showing trends across the whole class (Image credits: scholytics)

The company is also working on a integrated messaging system to give teachers a dedicated and safe place to communicate with students or broadcast messages to an entire class.

Ideally, Schooletics is paid for by the district. If a teacher wants to try out the tool on their own, Schoollytics is offering two plans: a free option for teachers with up to 10 Google Classrooms, and a paid option starting at $10 per month for teachers who need up to 100 classrooms.

This week, the company announced that it has raised $2.8 million in an initial round backed by Haystack, Audacious Ventures and Accelerated Ventures. Currently, the team consists of about ten people and currently works with more than 500 schools, from elementary school to universities.

Want to snoop around the dashboard yourself? Schoolitics has a demo panel here which lets you check out what any of the different functions mentioned are like.

View of Schoolistics Parents showing details for each child (Image credits: scholytics)

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