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Rockdale BOE to OK data system

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

CONYERS -- Rockdale County Public Schools soon will be able to develop complex data reports -- and officials are looking forward to that.

The Rockdale County Board of Education is expected to approve an integrated data warehouse and instructional management solution for RCPS.

Superintendent Samuel King recommended to the board an agreement with Follett Software Company and Schoolnet for the programs, after RCPS staff evaluated and graded vendors who submitted proposals earlier this year.

The data warehouse will store and integrate all RCPS data, provide detailed analysis of both administrative and instructional information, allow for enhanced reporting and support data-driven decision-making by looking at types of students and certain course and test grades.

Gene Baker, assistant superintendent for School Improvement at RCPS, said certain RCPS officials will be trained to create such reports.

"Teachers will not be doing this, but a number of people will," he said.

More school staff will use an instructional management system, which will provide informative views of student data and profiles by using assessment data, standards-based curriculum and student profiles. Teachers will be able to track class and individual student progress and create lesson plans with differentiated instruction and individual student support plans, he said.

The program is expected to cost more than $1.5 million and will be paid for through part of the $2.3 million Race to the Top federal grant funds that RCPS was awarded this year.

If approved, the programs could be in use by January. Training would be held in June.

King said that although the program is in its initial stages, this will help RCPS progress and look at more details.

The school board will vote on the item, which is part of a consent agenda, at its monthly meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the board room at the RCPS administrative office complex at 954 North Main St. in Conyers.