Calcasieu Parish Public Schools goes live with GuideK12, Geovisual Analytics

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

GuideK12™, the leading provider of geovisual analytics for education, is thrilled to announce that Calcasieu Parish Public Schools has implemented their state of the art technology to translate student data into actionable insights. GuideK12 allows Calcasieu Parish to geographically explore and analyze school district data instantly to improve the decision-making process.

GuideK12 aggregates disparate data and visualizes information to allow analysis on a range of needs such as academic performance, language, economic, boundary planning, emergency preparedness, and resource optimization. In a few clicks, an administrator can create multiple “what if” scenarios and see immediate results on a map for faster decisions with a web-based tool. By mapping data, patterns and trends emerge that may have been hidden in a spreadsheet or not available before.

“We are working smarter with GuideK12” says Dr. Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer of Calcasieu Parish Public Schools in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Many districts, like Calcasieu Parish, are faced with budgetary issues and declining enrollments.

“With GuideK12 we are able to see data that wasn’t previously available to us. What used to take weeks to put together, now takes only minutes. We were flying blind on some of these more difficult tasks before GuideK12, which allows the ability to create scenarios and quickly see how the changes affect the make-up of a school. This information can be shared immediately with the board or community members to increase their understanding for attendance changes. When superintendents can quickly report how and why decisions are made, the integrity of the district increases dramatically.” commented Abshire.

The age of transparency and accountability for school districts is higher than ever before. School choice and student migration presents many challenges for districts from resource planning to revenue tracking. “It is important for us to understand student migration patterns and share the facts about our schools with parents that are making decisions about where their child attends. We now have information 24/7 on our website for community members to tap into, allowing us to communicate, educate and promote our schools. Realtors will definitely use the address look up feature for determining school assignments and it reduces calls to our front office” Abshire shared.

GuideK12 CEO Chuck Amos comments, “The GuideK12 team is very excited to be working with Dr. Abshire and the entire team at Calcasieu Parish Schools. These thought leaders are at the forefront, pushing analytics further for insightful decisions and therefore delivering greater and greater value into their schools and community as a whole.” Amos continues, “it is an honor to support such forward thinking educators, and thrilling to see the wide range of applications Calcasieu Parish has for GuideK12.”

One of the largest expenses for most districts is personnel costs. The ability to better anticipate student needs eliminates the last minute scramble before the year starts for staffing.

“When we first saw GuideK12 our team immediately recognized applications for GuideK12 beyond boundary planning. Using this tool to plan personnel needs, both recruiting and retaining based on student needs, makes my team more efficient. When this type of information is at the fingertips of district leadership in three clicks or less, our job becomes easier and makes what we do more strategic and valuable. Our CFO saw this and immediately saw it as a “must have” solution. We will make decisions with current data, for current situations in the best interest of our students with GuideK12” Abshire concluded.

For more information about Calcasieu Parish Schools, please visit: http://www.cpsb.org/

AboutGuideK12

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 Sates.It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For more information about GuideK12, click here