The Dashboard Spy

September 6, 2006

Florida School District Performance Dashboard – using education dashboards to promote citizen journalism and local political action

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 3:15 pm

We are well familiar with the usual ways big business uses performance dashboards – to measure and improve corporate measures, quicken agility in the market, boost shareholder value, blah, blah. It is quite refreshing to see performance dashboards used in a different light. Thanks to long time Dashboard Spy reader, Clint, we have this Florida School District Education Dashboard to study. This performance dashboard tracks the performance of school districts in Florida. It is done using Crystal Xcelsius. What is really of interest to me is how the dashboard is being used as the core of a local political action. Note the instructions on how to send the dashboard to others and how users are encouraged to make the dashboard the center of their citizen journalism. Clint was mentioning how he had some suggestions about the layout of the dashboard. It’d be wonderful if he would share some of his insight here. Thanks in advance!

Florida school district performance dashboard

School testing performance dashboards

So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of enterprise dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books (or even screenshots of real business dashboards) and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed to find how popular it has become. If you have a nice screenshot of a digital dashboard, balanced scorecard, or any business intelligence graphic to share, please send an email to info _at_ Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books on business dashboards.

PS: If you find yourself part of an enterprise dashboard effort, you must study Enterprise Dashboards: Design and Best Practices for IT, the only book on actually implementing enterprise dashboards.


  1. I’ve been told some of the school districts near here (Saint Louis, MO) are providing ‘dashboards’ for the parents. It allows a parent to see how their student is doing daily on exams and assignments. In addition it provides some drill through to view how your student is doing in relation to others in their class. Personally, I think this is a good use of tax dollars as it allows parents to proactive in regard to their student’s performance. It would be nice if they would expand it to include other dimensions for cross reference like attendance. Further expansion into the actual performance of the school and teachers would be welcomed too.

    Comment by Pierre — October 6, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

  2. Good point. In fact, my own son’s school provides a parent portal. I’ll capture some screenshots and post them soon. Thanks for the input. The Dashboard Spy

    Comment by dashboardspy — October 6, 2006 @ 3:12 pm

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