J. Jacob Kirksey
PhD Candidate & NSF Graduate Research Fellow
“After the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states and school districts across the country began to refocus their attention to new metrics that signal success and improvement in educating our nation’s students. In particular, school districts are charged with tackling issues like chronic absenteeism, socio-emotional learning, as well as the traditional metrics related to academics. My focus as a researcher has been to improve district and state-level decision-making by helping district’s understand what data they have and how to use it to inform new decisions and directions to meet these new standards.”
Jacob is one of the few researchers using individual logs of absenteeism and truancy data from school districts. With significant experience in working with national to district level big data sources, Jacob’s analytic skills can serve as an asset to any school district. Whether your inquiry is related to understanding/ using your data or if you would simply like to collaborate with Jacob, please fill out the form below.