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Empowering Implementation of Best Practices with the HB 3 Dashboard

By: Ben Mackey   |  

Ready to learn more about the HB 3 Dashboard? In this blog, Ben Mackey of the Texas Impact Network highlights how the dashboard can be used as a vital resource for systems and stakeholders across the state.

At the Texas Impact Network, our mission is to drive educational excellence and equitable outcomes for all students by helping school systems across the state implement legislatively funded, research-based best practices. We recognize the transformative power of data-driven decision-making, which is why we have implemented the HB 3 Dashboard as a vital resource for systems and stakeholders across the state. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of the HB 3 Dashboard, its practical applications for practitioners within our network, and the valuable insights it offers to districts such as those focused on College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR). 

The importance of the HB 3 Dashboard cannot be overstated. It enhances transparency, promotes accountability, and empowers educators, administrators, and policymakers within our network to leverage data effectively. By accessing timely and actionable information, our stakeholders can identify areas for improvement, track progress, and implement evidence-based strategies to optimize educational outcomes for Texas students. 

The HB 3 Dashboard, available HERE, serves as a comprehensive data visualization tool designed to support educators and stakeholders across Texas. It consolidates a wide range of data, including district uptake of policies and implementation results, into a user-friendly interface. It’s accompanied by other dashboards that provide detailed information about statewide academic indicators. By providing a holistic view of student and district-level data, the dashboard empowers users to make informed decisions, address achievement gaps, and drive positive behavior change in systems around the state.  

There are several ways that this dashboard helps support practitioners around the state to advance instructional strategies and successfully implement these powerful, legislatively funded policies. For instance, this HB3 dashboard has highlighted the explosive growth of implementation for Teacher Incentive Allotment systems across Texas. Since its inception three years ago, Texas's Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) program has experienced remarkable and exponential growth. Originally introduced as a strategic initiative to reward and retain high-performing teachers, the TIA program has gained significant traction and expanded its reach across the state. Through its innovative framework, the program has successfully incentivized educators to improve student outcomes by offering financial incentives tied to measurable performance metrics. With increasing awareness and participation, the TIA program has witnessed a surge in the number of districts implementing this innovative model. The substantial growth of the TIA program stands as a testament to fostering excellence within the teaching profession and enhancing educational opportunities for students throughout the state. 

Another major component of what is available on the dashboard is that practitioners and stakeholders can use the dashboard to see how districts and their students are succeeding on the rigorous and more meaningful College, Career & Military Readiness Outcomes Bonus Criteria. This rewards districts for each student who achieves a college-ready level on the SAT, ACT, or TSI and either enrolls in a post-secondary institution or graduates with an industry-based credential – metrics that we know correlate with post-secondary completion and living wage attainment. 

The dashboard can be used to identify demographic or programmatic disparities in college readiness, graduation rates, and career-focused outcomes. This insight serves as a catalyst for implementing targeted interventions that address these gaps and foster equitable opportunities for all students. The dashboard allows CCMR districts to assess the impact of their college and career readiness programs by analyzing data on participation rates, completion of advanced coursework, and post-secondary outcomes on a year-over-year basis. This evaluation facilitates the identification of successful initiatives and areas that may require improvement or additional support. Finally, the HB 3 Dashboard provides benchmark data, empowering CCMR districts to compare their performance with statewide and regional averages. 

The HB 3 Dashboard plays a crucial role in monitoring the impacts of education policies across the state of Texas. It serves as a useful tool to drive behavior change in school systems and ensures the effective implementation of policies for the benefit of students. At the Texas Impact Network, we remain committed to utilizing this powerful resource to drive educational excellence and equitable outcomes, working collaboratively with practitioners and stakeholders to create a brighter future for all students in Texas.  

Ben Mackey is the Executive Director of the Texas Impact Network. In his spare time, Ben Mackey serves as a trustee on the Dallas ISD school board. Prior to his work with the Texas Impact Network, Ben was formerly a teacher, principal, and district leader. Ben earned his master’s degree in education from Harvard University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.