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5 Phases of Adopting Stepwell

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When our team set out to create Stepwell, our goal was broad: create a platform that provides visibility into improvement and compliance activities associated with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to improve education for students with special needs. We quickly realized that any tool that could drive this kind of change would be […]

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Step Up with Stepwell: Using Data to Create Clear Communication

Posted Posted in Blog, Performance Metrics, Step Up

During our User Experience (UX) research, we noticed a common problem that many administrators struggled with: getting relevant data and figuring out how to use it effectively. School administrators and teachers who we talked to had trouble finding data that showed how their schools were changing over time, having to settle for large scale data at […]

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Step up with Stepwell: Hope is not a Strategy

Posted Posted in Alignment of Monitoring & Initiatives, Blog, Step Up

In the effort to ensure compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) , state administrators often find themselves traveling to every corner of their state to keep track of school districts that are out of compliance. This can be a daunting task, especially for larger states with many remotely-located districts. Monitoring team members […]

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Getting ready for NASDSE

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  As the Stepwell team is getting ready to head out to Portland, OR. this weekend for this year’s National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) conference, we’ve been reflecting on what we’ve learned from the states that we’ve talked to in the past year. One of the major things we’ve realized in […]

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Step Up with Stepwell: Getting the Focus Back on Education

Posted Posted in Alignment of Monitoring & Initiatives, Blog, Step Up

While managing Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) compliance, it is easy to lose track of the issue at hand: educating students with disabilities. Local school administrators, technical assistance providers and state administrators often find they spend more time completing paperwork and entering the same data into multiple software systems than implementing the corrective actions […]

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Step Up with Stepwell: Solving the “Milk Crate Problem”

Posted Posted in Blog, On-demand Data, Step Up

The Stepwell team learned quite a bit about the burden of documentation while conducting our User Experience (UX) research. State agencies share a common headache: managing mountains of paperwork to monitor compliance with requirements set out in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Not only is completing documentation time-consuming for administrators, but the sheer amount […]

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Get the Tech: Stepwell Complements Existing Education Software

Posted Posted in Blog, Flexible Reporting, Get the Tech

Education software is currently in a continuous state of improvement. From IEP generation and management tools, to student information systems and curriculum development tools, software continues to improve the quality and timeliness of data available to administrators and educators. Stepwell is built to work with these systems. As they have matured, these solutions have taken […]