SDP and user-contributed analyses are housed in repositories on Github. Each topic-based repository includes web guides with code and supports in Stata or R. The Stata and R guides below are based on the Strategic Data Project Toolkit for Effective Data Use, modified to work with OpenSDP synthetic data. The synthetic data for the College-Going Pathways guides is generated by the OpenSDP simulation engine, while some of the Human Capital Analysis guides use a synthetic dataset developed using the machine learning package synthpop. The guides and code will also work with college-going or human capital analysis files prepared to the SDP Toolkit data specification.

Human Capital Analysis

Use data to examine teacher workforce patterns and generate data visualizations illuminating the different stages of the human capital pipeline: recruitment, placement, development, evaluation, and retention.

Recruitment

These analyses examine teacher hiring within a school system, including the distribution of teaching experience for new hires, the demographic characteristics of teachers and students, and the share of new hires by school year and school poverty level.

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Placement

This guide is an examination of the patterns in student assignment to teachers across and within schools to identify places where efforts to reform placement policies could positively impact students and teachers. It uses data from the human capital analysis toolkit.

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Development

This guide is an examination of the ways teachers develop during their careers and an exploration of whether agency incentives are aligned with gains in teacher effectiveness. It uses data from the human capital analysis toolkit.

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Evaluation

This guide examines teacher effectiveness measure distributions, whether two years of teacher effectiveness measures are predictive of average teacher effectiveness in a third year, and the distribution of teacher effects in the third year for teachers in the top and bottom teacher effects quartiles in the previous two years.

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Retention

This guide examines how teacher retention and turnover patterns vary by school characteristics, how turnover varies for teachers with different effectiveness estimates, and the retention trajectory for novice teachers.

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College-Going Pathways

Answer questions about students’ on-track status in ninth grade, high school graduation, college enrollment, and college persistence. Identify patterns and trends along the education pipeline to and through college for students as a group and as subgroups.

Attainment Along the Education Pipeline

The analyses in this guide summarize student attainment from ninth grade through college using three milestones: 1) on-time high school completion, 2) seamless college transition, and 3) persistence to the second year of college.

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On-Track in Ninth Grade

This guide examines patterns of student retention and on-time transitions from ninth to tenth grade. This information can provide an early warning about students at risk of dropping out who might benefit from targeted support early in their high school careers.

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High School Graduation

This guide examines trends and variations in high school completion rates across schools and student subgroups. These analyses reveal the extent to which high schools may differentially influence student trajectories towards high school completion.

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College Enrollment

The analyses in this guide highlight college-going rates across high schools, comparing outcomes for similar students attending different high schools. The analyses also examine whether high school graduates enroll in colleges and universities well-matched to their academic qualifications.

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College Persistence

The analyses in this guide examine patterns of persistence to the second year of college, to identify early indications of student progress towards degree attainment.

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Attainment Along the Education Pipeline

The analyses in this guide summarize student attainment from ninth grade through college using three milestones: 1) on-time high school completion, 2) seamless college transition, and 3) persistence to the second year of college.

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On-Track in Ninth Grade

This guide examines patterns of student retention and on-time transitions from ninth to tenth grade. This information can provide an early warning about students at risk of dropping out who might benefit from targeted support early in their high school careers.

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High School Graduation

This guide examines trends and variations in high school completion rates across schools and student subgroups. These analyses reveal the extent to which high schools may differentially influence student trajectories towards high school completion.

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College Enrollment

The analyses in this guide highlight college-going rates across high schools, comparing outcomes for similar students attending different high schools. The analyses also examine whether high school graduates enroll in colleges and universities well-matched to their academic qualifications.

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College Persistence

The analyses in this guide examine patterns of persistence to the second year of college, to identify early indications of student progress towards degree attainment.

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