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IO Education: Consolidating Student Data to Drive and Empower Student Success

by Kelly Walsh on September 14, 2016



Company is Helping Over 5,000 Schools Improve Outcomes by Making Better use of Five Million Student Records. Here’s How.

EmergingEdTech recently spoke with IO Education’s CEO, Michael Williamson, about the worthwhile work they are doing to help schools and teachers improve student outcomes. IO Education helps schools reel in and better leverage the disparate data in their different applications: Learning Management Systems, Student Information Systems, assessment applications, etc.

As a teacher, guidance counselor, or administrator, you are often required to access different systems to enter, access, or otherwise use the data in those systems. This can be time consuming, inefficient, and frustrating.

In many schools, there will be one student database system, a separate Course or Learning Management System, and often other systems to track assessments, behavioral data, and other information. It is often highly impractical, and potentially quite expensive, to try and consolidate or replace these systems with a more integrated tool set.

What’s a school to do if they want to use that valuable data in a more effective and efficient manner? Enter IO Education.

Bringing it All Together

IO Education’s software and services integrate with those disparate systems, bringing that data into a central repository where it can be used in meaningful, powerful ways. This is ongoing integration … once it is built, it keeps running so that your centralized data is kept up to date, and those other systems keep working as they have been.

Once you have this data available in a central data set, you can leverage dashboards and predictive analytics in ways not previously possible. By combining data about attendance, tardiness, behavioral measures, grades, and other factors, you can identify students at risk more consistently than might be the case based on any subset of this data.

Administrators and teachers can take action on these early warnings and work with students, parents, teachers, support staff, to help those in need succeed.

Of course, the ultimate goal is graduation, and IO Education offers tools to help focus on this larger picture. There are different pathways to graduation. Using 10 to 15 different data points, guidance counselors and administrators can track the path to attainment of a desired degree type, and take corrective actions when called for.

Success Stories

IO Education is sharply focused on helping schools drive student success. They have a dedicated “Customer Success” team whose focus is ensuring the highest quality implementation of their solutions, and outstanding, ongoing support of school staff. The combination of their services and software has been highly effective for the 5,000+ schools that they serve.

In a Case Study soon to be published (it has now been published, here is the link – KW, 9/18/16), IO Education shares the story of a New York City High School with a 54.9% graduation rate and poor attendance, averaging around 79%. With the combined help of IO Classroom, IO Insights and IO Assessment, the 2015-2016 school year ended with the school averaging 90 percent student attendance and a graduation rate of 80 percent!

This is just one of many success stories that IO Education has helped to deliver through their suite of applications.

Of course, one key question that comes to mind when you read about a solution like this is affordability. With the various modules, and different integration considerations, pricing is custom to each school or district. Suffice it to say that, being implemented in over 5,000 schools would seem to indicate that the solution is affordable. And of course, what price can you put on student success?

Learn more about IO Education here:



Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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