PEJE supports Jewish day schools in tracking the status of their enrollments, staffing, governance, and financial resources on an annual basis. The information accumulated through this “best practice,” benefits each school. When shared with PEJE, it also enables trend tracking and analyses in the field overall. PEJE partners with JData to build and use a robust data repository.
JData offers a secure, accessible system for reporting your school’s data. Yet JData is much more than that. It not only houses the data, but provides the information needed to make sound decisions related to school sustainability. It allows schools to compare significant data year-to-year to assess change, and analyzes your school’s numbers relative to peer schools, locally, regionally, or nationally.
As a result of the PEJE-JData partnership, JData has grown and improved significantly over the past year. When you enter your school’s 2012-13 data, you will see the following improvements, among others:
- Enhancements to reports, including a summary budget form and trend analyses of grade-by-grade enrollment and attrition
- Easier navigation from one tab to another, making data entry faster
- Pop-up alerts to reduce errors in data entry
- Pop-up box next to each item with last year’s number for your reference
As with any database, the more data you enter into JData, the more you will be able to draw out and use. Schools that have entered data for previous years now will be able to retrieve a longitudinal report that shows, in both table and graphic form, year-by-year data for enrollment and budget. In addition, as more schools report in JData, analyses more accurately represent the Jewish day school field. PEJE uses these data to inform and measure its efforts to build capacity in the field and thereby strengthen Jewish day school education.
PEJE expects all the schools we work with to enter their data into JData each year. We thank each school and community for helping us grow this field wide data resource in 2012-13.
JData is funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation and operated by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University.