The data collected includes individual subject results (across multiple criteria), external testing results (eg, learning style analysiss, NAPLAN scores), behavioural information (as recorded by teachers, plus any 'escalations' that were deemed appropriate), involvement in co-curricular and external activities, notes made by the counselling department, account balance and parents' marital status (the latter two being used as in indication of family stress).
Being able to analyse these sorts of data may provide insights such as realising that it is counterproductive to nag certain students when they fail to submit drafts on schedule, or alerting teachers of the need to adapt to the learning style of a particular cluster of students.
Clearly, some of the data stored by the school is sensitive, so "the whole space we've designed is bound by security," said Carpenter. For example, teachers cannot access information collected by the counselling department, but the head of school can. However, there may be some benefit in alerting teachers to an issues in one of their student's lives before "I left my homework at Dad's" is tendered as an excuse.
"When you find something that can make a difference, it's exciting," said Carpenter.