Andover Public Schools looking at data differently with geovisual technology

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Andover Public Schools, the second-fastest growing district in the state of Kansas, recently implemented GuideK12 geovisual analytic software to accelerate and support data-driven decisions. District leaders sought an application that would save time and resources to support their district’s current and future planning needs.

With more than 5,300 students today, Andover saw immediate potential in using GuideK12 to monitor attendance boundaries. As the district continues to grow, attendance areas will evolve to meet the needs of families and manage facility capacity. GuideK12 allows administrators to create scenarios on an interactive map and instantly understand the impact of each proposal.

“Choosing GuideK12 was easy for us, and it will be an integral part of our continuous improvement tool set. There is so much this web-based software can do; we haven’t even begun to tap its full potential,” said Rob Dickson, Andover’s director of technology. “We are excited to look at data differently with visual analytics and see patterns, trends and test scores on an interactive map. It will allow us to make more effective, efficient decisions and serve the community better.”

Because Kansas has a significant number of tornados each year, the district also appreciated GuideK12’s ability to manage disaster recovery and emergency preparedness. The software allows the district to layer storm data over the attendance boundary maps, assess which buildings and families were affected and quickly begin communicating with accurate information.

“We are excited that Andover Public Schools has selected GuideK12. Rob Dickson’s a visionary leader who continues to tap smart technology to support Andover’s needs,” said Chuck Amos, CEO of GuideK12. “Our technology will provide the right data to the right decision makers at the right time. When making those decisions, access to real-time data with geographic context benefits the entire community.”

Rob will be hosting a session called “Look at your Data Differently” at the upcoming Mid-America Association for Computers in Education (MACE) conference on Friday March 7 around these issues, if you will be attending you can register for the session here.

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About GuideK12:

Based in Eagan, MN, GuideK12LLC is a geovisual analytics software company, which enables education decision makers to instantly explore and analyze school district data by adding a geographic and visual dimension to their student and community information. By visualizing information spatially, decisions on everything from boundary analysis, to policy changes to resource planning and forecasting enrollments can be more insightful and faster. Named one of SIIA’s 2012 10 most innovative education technology products, GuideK12 serves large metro, suburban and rural school districts throughout the United States. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.