Farmington Municipal schools are blazing a new trail in the state of New Mexico with innovative technology that enables data analysis for the district at a whole new level with GuideK12, a web-based, geovisual analytic software solution. District leaders sought out an application to save them time and precious resources to support their district’s current and future planning needs.
Farmington Schools Central office, like many other districts around the country, have relied on a single computer and single user to access geographical data within the district, causing delays, and an enormous burden on the system and staff. Led by Assistant Superintendent of Technology, Assessment, and Accountability, Mr. Robert Emerson, GuideK12 was implemented to enable the administrative team access to data they need for better decisions in less time with a web-based tool. Farmington Municipal schools serve 10,800 students with a wide range of needs, covering a large geographic area, causing additional planning challenges.
“When you have to rely on someone else for information pertinent to your job, delays and waiting are inevitable. GuideK12 is a perfect solution for us to provide decision makers with access to the data they need in real time, without delays or bottlenecks, wherever they are working. This alone has proved invaluable thus far” states Mr. Emerson.
“The ability to link student and household information allows Farmington to save time and money while increasing transparency for everything from boundary planning, to program resource allocation to student performance analysis,” says Chuck Amos, GuideK12 CEO. He adds, “We applaud the vision and thought leadership of Robert and the team in Farmington, they have great insights into current applications that will benefit their district, and are developing innovative plans of future applications for GuideK12.”
Mr. Emerson shares, “There are a lot of things you can do in a Student Information System (SIS) to analyze information, but extracting data and visualizing it geographically is not one of them. Our student population is highly mobile, so the ability to select an area on a map; get instant information on those student’s needs enables immediate, data driven decisions that benefit everyone.” He continues, “With GuideK12, we can run multiple “What if” scenarios, read the results instantly, and have faith in the accuracy of the data.”
Farmington Schools has just completed a middle school redistricting process, and the resulting movement of students is presenting a myriad of challenges for principals in anticipating the needs of their student population for the upcoming school year. In the past, Farmington Principals have had to wait for reports and data to come from the district office. With this new system, each will have access to the information they need when they need it.
“This was the quickest turn around we have seen to date in Farmington, from the moment we learned of this solution to implementation was only 8 weeks , truly a ‘no-brainer’ for us.” stated Emerson.
For more information about Farmington Municipal Schools, visit them on the web at: http://district.fms.k12.nm.us/
For more about GuideK12, visit them here: www.guidek12.com
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.