The What, Why, and How of DASL
What is DASL?
DASL (Data and Analysis for School Leadership) is an online tool provided by NAIS to collect data from independent schools in the areas of admission, enrollment, advancement, salaries, and others. Your school does not need to be a member of NAIS to upload data to the system.
Why should I upload my school’s information in DASL?
Your participation allows SAIS to have a more robust comparison group for our member schools when looking at enrollment trends, average salaries, and more. Results can be customized so that we are able to create benchmarks and comparison groups for schools in our region when national figures might not be as applicable.
What’s in it for me?
Comparing your school’s data to other schools’ information can help you set goals, assess your progress, and make data-driven decisions. You will indicate the associations you are a part of, like SAIS, NBOA, MISBO, ATLIS, and some state associations, to allow comparisons within that group. While NAIS member schools will have access to additional dashboards and comparison groups, even nonmember schools can build benchmark reports with data from schools in state or regional organizations they belong to that are also DASL partners like SAIS.
How do I upload my data?
DASL data collection is very comprehensive and will take some time and gathering of information to complete. The window is open from June 14 through October 14, with additional time to upload financial figures from balance sheets, revenue, etc. until November 18.
What information will DASL ask for?
Honestly, a lot! DASL will ask for a very comprehensive set of data about your school. You do not have to complete all areas to submit your data, but we would ask that you strive to upload, at minimum, all information below marked with an asterisk. The good news is that is does not have to be done in one sitting, the information can be input by different staff members, and the window is open until October 13.
The following is an abbreviated list of requested data to give you an idea of the type of information needed.
*School Characteristics – (Must be answered to open data entry. Usually done by HOS or CFO. Answers to all questions in this section are required before you can proceed.)
Admission (previous year)
Attrition (previous year)
Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid (overview)
Financial Aid (detail)
Funds Received (previous year)
Advancement Additional Details (previous year)
Advancement Activity (previous year)
Tuition Discounting (previous year)
Endowment and Reserves (previous year)
Revenues (previous year)
Expenses and Other (previous year)
Balance Sheet (previous year)
Full Time Equivalencies (FTEs)
Class Size and Teaching Load
Employee and Board Counts
Hiring and Attrition
School Contributions to Core Benefits
Full-time Employee Salaries
Full-time Teacher Salaries
Teacher Salaries by Experience
The next sections ask for salary, benefits, demographics (gender, race, etc.), experience, and teaching duties for administrators and department heads. There is an option on each to note if your school does not staff that particular position.
When two employees have the same position title, report the salary of the highest paid individual. Where one person fills multiple roles, only enter data for the role comprising the largest percentage of duties and responsibilities.
President, Head of School, Business Officer
Where can I get help?