R in the World of Education

Erin Grand
December 12, 2017

R-Ladies NYC

About Me

  • Studied Astronomy and Physics at University of Maryland
  • Data Science MS from Columbia University 2011
  • Currently Associate Director of Data Analytics at Uncommon Schools

What is a charter school?

A charter school is an independently run public school granted greater flexibility in its operations, in return for greater accountability for performance. The “charter” establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, students served, performance goals, and methods of assessment.

Uncommon Schools


  • Established in 1997 (oldest school opened - North Star Academy in Newark); 2005 - CMO formed
  • 83% Free and reduced meal population
  • Intensive PD for teachers & leaders; Partnerships with local districts to deliver PD; Summer Teaching Fellows diversity recruitment program; Camp Uncommon

What kind of data do we work with?

  • Assessments: Interim assessments
  • Exams: Common Core aligned state exams, SAT, PSAT, APs, …etc
  • Classroom: Grades, attendance, suspensions, …etc
  • Teacher: student - course - teacher linkage
  • Staff Data: HR and Recruitment