FAQs

What is the RISE Network?

Launched in November 2015, RISE represents a partnership between East Hartford, Hartford, Meriden, and New Haven Public Schools to support educators striving to ensure every RISE high school student graduates college and career ready. RISE members include teachers, school counselors, school leaders, and district administrators. As a community, we are built by RISE members for RISE members. Our specific focus is around high school-age youth, and we are partnering with five high schools across the four RISE districts, representing 5,500+ students and 550+ educators. The RISE high schools include: East Hartford High School (East Hartford), Hartford Public High School (Hartford), Francis T. Maloney High School (Meriden), Orville H. Platt High School (Meriden), and Hill Regional Career High School (New Haven).


What does RISE seek to accomplish?

The RISE Network’s mission is to empower educators to achieve breakthrough results, helping all students realize and achieve their full potential. The Network leverages the collective wisdom, diverse experiences and perspectives, and creative ideas of hundreds of educators. RISE creates a platform for teachers and leaders working tirelessly in their schools and districts to come together to improve educational outcomes.


How does RISE benefit students?

Students in RISE high schools benefit from new opportunities and resources to pursue their passions and college and career goals. RISE student supports are inspired by the innovative ideas and pioneering efforts of educators. Students benefit from new programs that support successful transitions between middle school and high school, as well as opportunities that promote college and career readiness and access. Specifically, RISE launched the RISE by 5 Network-wide strategy to dramatically improve student outcomes through five shared strategies.

On-Track Coordinators: Research shows the critical importance of freshman year in predicting high school graduation. On-Track Coordinators in RISE high schools engage Grade 9 students demonstrating attendance, academic, social, and/or behavioral risk factors, and provide personalized and immediate supports. On-Track Coordinators serve as advocates and coaches for students who may otherwise fall off-track by collaborating with teachers, administrators, students, and families to ensure every student thrives.

On-Track Data Meetings: Grade-level teams of teachers and support staff in RISE high schools lead weekly on-track data meetings. Teams of educators identify students’ strengths, positive connections to school, and growth areas. Using a case management approach that engages students and families in the process, teams design personalized action steps and supports, and strive to ensure effective implementation and student success.

SAT Prep Program: The SAT serves as an important college access indicator, and low-income students underperform relative to their peers. To help close opportunity gaps, RISE high school juniors participate in SAT prep programs offered at their high schools, building students’ confidence, preparedness, and skills for the SAT.

Summer Transition Program: RISE high schools offer summer programming, focusing on key transitions. Students in RISE high schools benefit from summer bridge programs for rising Grade 9 students, and college readiness programs for rising Grade 12 students.

Opportunities for Student Agency: RISE facilitates opportunities for students to take ownership of their education and pursue their passions. Grade 10 students visit a college campus to build college-going awareness and aspirations. Also, RISE partners with Wishbone and other organizations to offer opportunities for students to explore their interests through personalized learning experiences.

These efforts require a deep understanding of students’ progress and growth areas, as well as specialized tools to support educators in meeting the needs of every student. Through the data dashboards, RISE has embarked on a collaborative design effort to meet these needs.


How does RISE benefit educators?

RISE also offers a variety of supports and opportunities for educators. RISE facilitates opportunities for teachers, counselors, and administrators to learn, share, and collaborate through convenings and professional learning opportunities. Teachers and counselors in RISE high schools are also able to secure resources, supplies, and field trip and professional development funding through the RISE Educator Innovation Fund in collaboration with the Dalio Foundation and DonorsChoose.org.


If I want to learn more about my district’s participation in the RISE Network, who should I contact?

Please contact your district’s superintendent to learn more about your district’s participation in the RISE Network. To learn more about the RISE Network, please visit www.ctrise.org.


What are the data dashboards?

The dashboards were designed by educators for educators. The dashboards are web-based, interactive data tools that provide educators with secure access to data to better understand and meet the needs of every student. The dashboards are designed to empower educators with information to improve student learning and school programming. Data previously housed in disparate systems are now integrated and accessible to educators, consistent with best practices for protecting student privacy and improving educational outcomes for all students. Importantly, access to the dashboards is restricted to users with a legitimate educational interest to access student data, which is consistent with state and federal requirements and best practices protecting student privacy. Each district determines which educators should have access the dashboards.


Who designed the data dashboards?

RISE designed the dashboards in collaboration with educators from East Hartford, Hartford, Meriden, and New Haven Public Schools. The dashboards reflect the vision and collective expertise of dozens of teachers, school administrators, and central office leaders in Connecticut. Educators came together through the RISE Data Working Group to identify data needs and to design specifications for dashboards analyzing different metrics (e.g., attendance, behavior, assessments, course grades, credit accumulation). RISE members are constantly improving the dashboards to better meet the needs of educators and students, which reflects the collaborative and innovative spirit of the Network.


How are the data for the dashboards generated?

All data displayed through the dashboards originate from district source information systems (e.g., PowerSchool, College Board data sets). No new data were collected or generated through the dashboard development process. RISE has entered into separate agreements with East Hartford, Hartford, Meriden, and New Haven Public Schools that allow for data sharing between RISE and each district, and ensure compliance with all state and federal requirements and best practices for student privacy and data security.


What ensures the data contained in the dashboards are secure?

Data integrity and data security are of paramount importance to the dashboards’ design and functionality. It is important to note that while dashboard websites are open and public, all student-level data remain locked behind password-protected displays. Pages containing data displays require unique user log-in credentials. This methodically restricts access to student-level data to credentialed school and district users identified by district leadership. Each step in the dashboard development and maintenance process incorporates multiple, secure, and encrypted processes.


How can I get a dashboard account?

School and district staff seeking access to the data dashboard should reach out to their district data administrator to request access. RISE will not create new accounts without express written directive from the district. Districts restrict dashboard access to appropriate school and district personnel, and credentials can be revoked at any point in time following district directive. New users will receive an email containing temporary log-in information. Upon receiving this information, educators must follow the instructions to re-set the password on the account.