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El Paso ISD

Visual Analytics With Tableau

Company Info

Location: El Paso, TX

Organization:  El Paso Independent School District (ISD) is one of the largest school districts in the state of Texas.  With over 55K students, 85 schools and employing over 8k people in the greater El Paso area.

Industry: Education

Data Problems:  El Paso ISD wanted to tell the story of how their diverse student body was excelling at key indicators of school performance, but knew that Excel and PowerPoint weren't the right tools to convey their story. They hoped to use Tableau for this, but did not have the capacity or expertise to develop the necessary dashboards.

Data Solutions: El Paso ISD engaged with Teknion to quickly create stunning Tableau dashboards that could be shared with and used by stakeholders across the district. 

Organization Background

  • Established in 1883
  • El Paso ISD is one of the largest ISD's in the state of Texas
  • 85 Schools housing 55,000 Students
  • Employing over 8,000 people in the greater El Paso area
  • Serves a very ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse student body, and has 65% of students registered as economically disadvantaged


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  • EPISD needed a better way to tell the story of how their programs and focus on student improvement were delivering results.
  • EPISD knew that Excel and PowerPoint graphs were limiting in capabilities and were not enabling them to tell the story in a compelling way.
  • The ability to show results would lead to EPISD Board approval of funding, maintaining state certifications and communicating to the community the impact they were making in the lives of students and the community.


  • Provided Visual Analytics expertise in Tableau to kickstart an analytics revolution at EPISD
  • Built dashboards to highlight EPISD performance in key areas:
    • College Admissions
    • SAT Scores
    • STAAR Test Results
  • Documented all data prep and dashboard refresh processes
  • Provided in-depth training to EPISD data and analytics team

End Result:  EPISD team has been able to clearly share results and improvements in key areas with their board and other key stakeholders to show the impact of their programs and focus on student improvement.

EPISD uses the dashboards originally created by Teknion in 2017 on a weekly basis, and measures new dashboards created against these original quick-win dashboards. Their analytics team has grown since our original engagement, and EPISD maintains their Tableau environment, only leveraging Teknion for occasional mentoring and advisement. 

Customer's Quote:  "As soon as we shared this work with our stakeholders we immediately started getting requests for dashboards from multiple departments.  Without a great partnership from Teknion and Preston Howell, Teknion's lead consultant, we would never be where we are today with our data visualization". Steve Clay- Executive Director-Analytics, Strategy, Assessment & PEIMS-EPISD.