The American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) selected Pearson and Choice Solutions Inc. (Choice) to design and implement a federally funded P-20 longitudinal data system (LDS).This project represents the first of its kind in the Pacific. The American Samoa Department of Education currently serves 21,326 students between the ages of 3 to 18 from public and private schools.
To improve education services for these students, the ASDOE invested in a series of separate information systems. Forcing the systems’ databases together to enable data-driven decision-making and to meet federally mandated reporting requirements is extremely complex. The Pearson and Choice Longitudinal Data System will connect these systems—and the records within them—to create a single, easily accessible information source that simplifies federal reporting efforts and delivers actionable data into the hands of educational stakeholders to drive positive change and improve student outcomes.
Dr. Jacinta Galea’i, Director Designee of Education in American Samoa, said the Longitudinal Data System represents a new paradigm for the way we educate children in American Samoa. “The system allows us to address individual student needs, track student achievement, and have data-driven decision-making for our programs,” said Dr. Galea’i. “Additionally, we have an obligation to provide data to students, teachers and parents. The community will be able to see how our students are performing and we can hold schools accountable for their activities. It is an exciting time to be a part of education in American Samoa, and this system changes everything about how we manage our schools.”
This new Longitudinal Data System will incorporate a series of information technology products from the partnered organizations: Pearson will deliver PowerSchool SMS, Pearson Inform and ParentCONNECT; while Choice will install edFusion®. Combined Choice and Pearson have created P-20 Longitudinal Data Systems for 23 states. This breadth of IT system integration and project management experience provides American Samoa with unmatched data-linking expertise as it takes this critical step forward in educational improvement. Choice and Pearson will work with American Samoa to further customize their products to deliver a service that is uniquely tailored for the region.
When complete, the Longitudinal Data System will enable accurate aggregation, disaggregation, and analysis of American Samoa’s critical education information. The state will save time and resources through streamlined federal reporting processes. Meanwhile, educational stakeholders across the territory will have access to a secure and easy-to-use environment in which they may effectively leverage existing data to improve the decision-making processes and student outcomes.
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About Choice Solutions, Inc.
Choice Solutions is an end-to-end global Enterprise IT Service and Solutions provider with a proud tradition of helping educational entities build better citizens for tomorrow. Founded with a vision of partnering state and local agencies, Choice offers a holistic approach to moving and delivering Education information and services to the proper stakeholders. With a portfolio of trusted and quality solutions, Choice has the privilege of serving many government organizations, including 15 state Departments of Education and numerous districts, regional education centers, and privately run agencies. For more information about Choice Solutions visit www.ChoiceP20.com.