When I was in school – what, judging by how my back feels most mornings, was fourteen thousand years ago – keeping track of how you did, your homework felt like homework in itself. Parents, meanwhile, were generally in the dark about your overall progress until the report cards arrived at the end of the quarter. When something happened that caused a student (or many students!) to decline academically, it was often up to the already incredibly busy teachers to dig through their gradebook and identify that dip for themselves. Much of that, it seems, is true today.
Schoolytics is a startup that wants to change that. Pitched as an “all-in-one information hub” for students, parents, educators, and administrators, Schoolytics is an analytics dashboard (School + Analytics = Schoolytics, yes?) that keeps everyone updated on how students are doing day-to-day, flags noticeable changes and provides an overview of trends.
Schoolytic’s dash is available in four flavors, each with a wider view than the last:
- The student dashboard, which allows individual students to track their own grades, upcoming assignments, what they missed, and statistics such as how often they turn in on time.
- The parent dashboard, which allows a parent/guardian to see those statistics for each of the children in their home.
- The teacher dashboard, where you can view stats for individual students or see things like assignment completion percentages for the entire class. It can also help to identify when a student suddenly starts missing assignments, or to automatically generate things like honor roll (based on assignment completion percentages) or progress reports.
- The admin dashboard, which allows you to view statistics by school, class, or a dive into the reports for individual classes.
Schoolytics was founded by Aaron Wertman and Courtney Monk, who both previously worked in data science at textbook rental/online tutoring/education mega co Chegg. Monk also worked for Teach For America for over half a decade and is a school board member in her local school district. While volunteering at KIPP schools in the Bay Area, Wertman found that many of the tools schools relied on were barebones and the data was raw. In early 2020, he started tinkering with ways to modernize everything – by the end of the year, the two formalized their efforts and launched Schoolytics.
Schoolytics gets most of its data from a learning management system that many educators already use: Google Classroom. Classroom saw a huge spike in usage during the pandemic as many teachers had to quickly virtualize their classrooms and assignments. But while Google Classroom helps collect basic data about what students have submitted, it’s up to teachers to figure out how to map or analyze it. Schoolytics fronts that data, removing the manual heavy lifting and spreadsheet tug-of-war from the teacher’s to-do list.
The company is also working on a built-in messaging system to provide teachers with a special and safe place to communicate with students or broadcast messages to an entire class.
Ideally, Schoolytics is paid for by the district. If a teacher wants to experiment with the tool themselves, Schoolytics currently offers 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 announces that it has raised $2.8 million in a seed round, backed by Haystack, Audacious Ventures and Accelerated Ventures. The team currently consists of about 10 people and they currently work with more than 500 schools, from K-12 to universities.
Want to poke around in the dashboard yourself? Schoolytics has a demo dashboard here, showing you what it’s like as one of the various roles mentioned above.