MARCH 3, 2022

Insight, support, equity: Alma’s most powerful analytics tool yet provides X-ray vision into student data.

Data Lab offers infinite ways to help educational leaders use data to see their school’s story unfold.

Portland, Ore. (March 3, 2022) – Alma Student Information System (SIS) announces the release of Data Lab, Alma’s real-time insight and analytics tool. Powered by Ed-Fi analytic tables and Google Data Studio’s robust back-end tech, Data Lab comes equipped with out-of-the-box graphs and Alma-built data insights to track school operations and monitor emerging student patterns. Schools and districts are already accountable for daily data tracking for compliance purposes; using Data Lab to interpret this compliance and operations data can also help determine equitable and supportive interventions in real time.

Data Lab’s trackable metrics for attendance, discipline, and grading provide insight and highlight change over time. Administrators can interpret this data by signaling important indicators that help schools analyze and better identify student support needs and school function. “Alma’s mission focuses on building tools to support the greatest generation of students,” says Andrew Herman, Alma Co-Founder and CEO, “gathering and interpreting Data Lab’s insights brings a critical lens to the way schools view how they serve those students.”

With Data Lab, schools gain deeper insights from daily data they already collect, using it to take actionable steps towards improving student outcomes, addressing truancy and chronic absenteeism, establishing equitable discipline interventions, and much more.

The release of Data Lab bolsters Alma’s mission to increase educational equity and inclusion to foster positive change within schools and districts. Herman continues, “with Data Lab, staff can ask critical questions about how students are being served, how to replicate success, and assess system health by addressing trends as they happen within the school year.” This can include which populations of students are seeing which trends, what and where change is needed, how data insight can shape or reshape school policy, identifying support and resource allocation, and much more. Data Lab offers infinite ways to help educational leaders use data to see their school’s story unfold.

Data Lab’s comprehensive “plug and play” dashboards are available to a wide range of staff, from entire teams to specific members of leadership, providing full transparency and insight into student support needs. District leaders using Data Lab can view multiple schools to further enhance consistency and implement strategies for support. Administrators gain X-ray vision into the overall health of individual schools and districts, identifying pathways to address systemic and structural changes, and recreating successes. 

Through Google Data Studio, Ed-Fi analytic tables, and Alma’s highly intuitive SIS platform, Data Lab’s familiar data structure helps staff identify leading indicators in determining the health of their school. Data Lab highlights change over time, revealing the distribution of reasons to help create a more accessible and equitable approach to student success.


From information to insight, let’s tell your story.


Douglass Mabry | Director of Marketing | Alma
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Alma SIS cannot keep growing without the continuing collaboration and partnership of educational leaders like you.

From attending Q&A sessions, panel discussions, webinars, conferences, sending us user stories, and amazing testimonials, your stories have not only impacted everyone here at Alma, but show how deeply you care about the success of your students.

Because of your critical feedback and requests to better serve your learning community’s unique needs, this year Alma has been able to create and rollout programs like:

Navigator, to give administrators a better onboarding experience and more control over workflows across their schools

App Center, to make sure your school or district is able to seamlessly integrate mission-critical 3rd party applications …

And Alma’s Spanish parent and student portal, for more accessible communication with your students and their families, increasing family engagement and promoting equitable educational practices.

Above all, we are incredibly grateful for your tenacity, creativity, care, intentionality, and commitment to the students and families you serve.

We can’t think of anything more worthy of celebration. So here’s to you!

From all of us at Alma, may you enjoy this season of gratitude, celebration, and collaboration not just in this last month of 2021 but into 2022, and beyond.

Alma will be with you every step of the way. Cheers!

Andrew Herman

Co-founder + Chief Executive Officer

Mike Oliver

Co-Founder + Head of Product

Elizabeth Long

Co-Founder + Vice President of Services