Business Intelligence for Independent Schools


Business Intelligence for Independent Schools (BIIS) is NBOA's signature data platform. Available exclusively to NBOA members, BIIS was designed by business officers, for business officers. It offers independent school leaders a comprehensive look at their financial health and sustainability metrics, as well as business office compensation and staffing information, all of which can be benchmarked against similar schools in a national data set.

Watch NBOA's announcement about the combined data collection efforts.

Beginning in 2021, NBOA will partner with NAIS on collection efforts for financial operations data . As a result, schools will enter data in NAIS’s Data and Analysis for School Leadership (DASL). This data will populate and inform reporting in both DASL and NBOA’s BIIS. This means you need to enter financial data only one time — in DASL — and this data will port over to NBOA’s BIIS data platform to populate your reports, benchmarking tools, and financial sustainability tools, including NBOA’s financial dashboard and CFI calculator.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Dabney at or call 202-407-7149.

Reporting for the 2019-20 School Year
BIIS reporting for the 2019-20 school year is now available if your school entered data for this period.
To optimize your BIIS experience, we highly recommend using Google Chrome as your internet browser.
Need Help with Reporting?
This document outlines the reporting tools in BIIS, including how to create peer groups, export data and provide access to others from your school.

BIIS Reporting Tools Include:

  • Trend and Analysis Reports
    Understand key trends in independent school finance and operations that can help business officers, heads of school and other independent school leaders make strategic decisions.
  • Peer-to-Peer Benchmarking
    Create your own peer groups to use with the benchmarking tools. Slice the data by school type, size, location and more, and distill it into accurate and meaningful graphs that you can use to set benchmarks.
  • Financial Position Survey (FPS) Ratios
    These ratios are based on leading financial indicators formerly used by Moody's credit analysis. This view of a school uses approximately 50 data points which provide the foundation for key ratios to facilitate important financial sustainability conversations vital to the health of our schools. Be sure to look at your FPS range table to see how your school’s ratios compare to other schools that have participated in BIIS.
  • The NBOA Financial Dashboard for Independent Schools
    Identify, understand and monitor the financial indicators that have the greatest impact on your school's financial health.
  • Composite Financial Index (CFI) Calculator
    This sophisticated tool will help you think strategically about your school's overall financial health and communicate succinctly with school leaders. Please note: You’ll need two years’ worth of data for CFI access.

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Just Released: 2021 Supplement to NBOA's COVID-19 Field Guide

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and restrictions loosen, NBOA, in consultation with engineers and industrial hygienists from Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E), has produced a Supplement to Operating Guidance for Independent School Pandemic Management to help guide schools in planning for the 2021-22 school year. This update covers the latest research on the spread of COVID-19 and virus variants, vaccines that protect against the virus, and practices to mitigate risk on school campuses.

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