DART System

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DART System: Data Analysis and Reporting Toolkit

The Data Analysis and Report Toolkit (DART) is now running a working beta of what is the core or trunk version of the system. The district has finished its second full year of using DART with 17 facilities, including 15 K-12 schools. The latest build completely replaced the district's use of an expensive proprietary student information system while still remaining free and open under the GPL.

DART is an Open Source software tool for the tracking and analysis of student progress on any set of standards. This means it's free like a puppy! You can take it home with you, but care and feeding is something you must provide on your own.

Unlike other student information systems, DART is completely learner-centered, not tied to staff or school schedules, and provides a intuitive interface for tracking standards, as well as how those standards relate to other data collected by our organization. It also links relative student weaknesses directly to instructional resources on this wiki, and permits students, teachers and administrators to both assess current status, and plan for meaningful instruction in an easy to understand, dynamic, personalized manner.

Version History

Bering Strait School District unveiled the first phase of its Open Source student information system in August, 2006. This initial version really defined the concept model of tracking standards that followed the students, and linking that individual and group information directly to curriculum content. This allows the data on continuous student progress to inform instruction, and link learner and group needs to supporting content in our wiki-based curriculum system.

This initial year allowed staff at various levels to refine how such a system could replace a fully mature Student Information System (SIS). During the 2006-07 school year DART was used for standards tracking only, and focus groups and stakeholders continued to define necessary features. Traditional student data was tracked for state reporting, and other purposes in Pearson's PowerSchool SIS.

For the 2007-2008 school year, BSSD designed and built a far more capable feature set into DART, and abandoned the PowerSchool system entirely. That academic year, now being completed, has seen all essential data gathering and tracking, state and federal reporting, and standards data in DART V.2.

It must be noted that user interface revisions and feature inclusions and refinements were so significant that much of this school year was spent in active development one step ahead of each deadline. It was an enormous undertaking, but the system overall performed very, very well. There are still roughly 60 identified bugs and feature fixes that need work, and those should be completed in June so that a public release of DART V.2 can proceed.

DART Technical & Collaborative Support

DART has both technical and organizational requirements. The technical requirements are pretty straight forward, but you will need a collaborative team of both Ed Tech or IT, and curriculum leaders to successfully implement DART.

BSSD itself does not do direct support of other implementations of DART, but does provide several collaborative work spaces for users the help each other. Like any Open Source project, DART will only grow and fully mature for generalized use if an active developer base is established.

In addition to the tutorials linked below, there is a mail list that is managed by BSSD.

Technical Requirements

DART is a free Open Source software package that will run on any Linux-based server running the Linux / Apache / MySQL / PHP (LAMP) configuration for web services.

If you are considering implenting DART, here is the basics of what you will need from the technical side:

DART Server (Linux / Apache / MySQL / PHP) MediaWiki Server (Linux / Apache / MySQL / PHP) pdftk - Creates PDF reports

There is currently no installer script, although we are working on one over the summer. The PHP and HTML output files would need to be customized by configured manually. Also, you would need staff to organize, and import whatever standards you want to use so that DART can do it's thing!

Finally, the supporting wiki pages would need to be created for each standard in Mediawiki. In our case, that is 1700 or so pages that are the "stubs", or template pages for each BSSD standard. That system would also need to be organized so that growth and use would develop organically. This is really more the province of the Curriculum and Instructionn Department than a technical matter, but once again, a successful implementation will require both.

This wiki, an instance of MediaWiki, is on our collaborative curriculum repository. Although it appears to be part of DART while our teachers and students are using it, since the two systems work hand-in-hand. It actually resides on a different server.

Contact Greg Johnson or John Concilus for more information about how you can use DART in your K-12 school, college, university or company for tracking progress toward any sort of standards-based goals.

DART Demo Servers

DARTDemo2 - Almost latest and greatest build!

The DART V.2 Demo Server is up and running for those who wish to test-drive almost-latest stable version, or for use in training sessions.

Although it looks like it is from our schools, this is not our live DART implementation, but rather one that is loaded with simulated student data. There are about 250 fake students and users in this demo system.

You can use the demo users below if you'd like to try DART. Without an explanation of our district's curriculum you may be stumbling around a little ;-)

Make sure you check out the Drill Down! feature, search and export, and tools for personal, school site and district wide grouping.

Also, the "tag cloud" views of both group and individual views calculate the highest needs. A group's highest need is made up of the common weaknesses they have in the curriculum standards, and the individual view lists the first 30 highest relative needsd.

The links from the standard names in the "tag cloud" go to our wiki-based curriculum site page- resources and instructional strategies - for that individual standard.

DART V.2 Demo Server

Demo Admin Users

Demo Teacher Users

DARTDemo - The original version, but larger set of example data

The DART V.1 Demo Server is still available, and has far more demo students. This version has far fewer features, but is fully functional. Although it looks like it is from our schools, this is not our live DART implementation, but rather one that is loaded with simulated student data. There are about 1900 fake students and users in the demo system.

Note: Since the links from the standard names in the "tag cloud" go to our wiki-based curriculum site page, and standards change a bit over time, you may run into so broken links to old standards. Most should still work just fine.

DART V.1 Demo Server

Demo Admin User
Test Admin
Username: tadmin
Pass: bssd

Demo Teacher User
Tommy Teacher
Username: tteacher
Pass: bssd

Demo Student User
Sally Student
Username: sstudent
Pass: bssd

DART Support Tutorials

The following links go to tutorial pages on each of the topics for teachers, site administrators, district administrators and students.

The resources in each topic area will grow as we continue to refine the system. Click on the "Image:" link to downlaod the pdf.

Please use the DART Demo site for any training: http://dartdemo.bssd.org

DART Training Flow Chart

Have to Know

DART Login Process

DART Creating Groups

DART Editing Groups

DART Toggling

DART Drill Down!

Good to Know, Down the Road

DART Printing Individual Draft Reports

DART Who Toggled Last?

Site Administration and Management

DART Editing Notes

DART Managing Users

General User Information

DART Main Page Information

DART Navigation Bar Information

DART Contacts

Greg Johnson, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Bering Strait School District
225 Polar Bear Avenue
Unalakleet, Alaska 99684
Email: gjohnson@bssd.org

John Concilus, Coordinator of Educational Technology
225 Polar Bear Avenue
Unalakleet, Alaska 99684
Email: jconcilus@bssd.org

Gary Jacobson, Educational Technologist
Bering Strait School District
225 Polar Bear Avenue
Unalakleet, Alaska 99684
Email: gjacobson@bssd.org

Download DART

The original build of DART V.1 can be downloaded from EduForge, or you can email us.

The EduForge site is being phased out, and Launchpad is up and running now. All future development of DART will use the DART Project Launchpad will be the location for all current and future project activity.

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