SVCF helped create a state-of-the-art data analytics center with local education partners


Thanks to the generosity of donors who have chosen to support SVCF with gifts to our community endowment, SVCF has made a total of $90 million in grants to over 500 organizations since 2008 in four key grantmaking areas: economic security, education, immigration and building strong communities. In 2016 and 2017, SVCF is completing a comprehensive grantmaking review process to determine our new grantmaking strategies. As part of that effort, we are publishing a series of impact reports. This is an excerpt from the report about our education grantmaking strategy.

The use of data to guide teaching and learning is critical for ending stubborn achievement gaps. Studies show that a teacher’s ability to consistently track student progress, particularly in early literacy, is essential to tailor instruction in real time and help struggling learners. Because of this, we joined with the San Mateo County Office of Education in 2013 to help create the Center for Learning Analytics (CLA). The center provides innovative solutions to collecting, analyzing, evaluating and reporting student data.

The CLA is at the forefront of education innovation and is designed to help educators use the rapidly increasing amounts of performance data, including the new CCSS-aligned Smarter Balanced Assessment data, to best inform and improve learning experiences. The extraordinary potential of the CLA spurred a $500,000 investment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to further the CLA as a national model of best practice for increasing better student outcomes through personalized learning and technology.

Learn more about SVCF's education strategy.