Class Size Monitoring Application Reduces Costs, Risk and Effort Associated with Compliance
WAKEFIELD, Mass., January 18, 2011 – Certica Solutions, a leading provider of data management solutions to K-12 school districts, today announced that its Class Size Monitoring application is helping Florida school districts minimize the costs, risk and effort associated with the state’s Class Size Reduction Amendment. Two of those districts – Orange County Public Schools and Seminole County Public Schools – partnered with Certica in the design and testing of the application.
The Class Size Reduction Amendment, approved by Florida voters in 2002, limits the number of students in core classrooms. Since its inception, the Amendment has required stricter implementation each year, culminating in the 2010-2011 school year – the first time that the mandate has been implemented at the classroom level. Districts which do not fully comply with the mandate are subject to financial penalties, which have been calculated to be as high as hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, for some larger districts.
Certica Solutions’ Class Size Monitoring application allows school principals and district administrators to easily monitor schools’ compliance with the Class Size Reduction Amendment, on a daily basis – from the earliest enrollment until data are reported to the Florida Department of Education later in the fall. Principals receive automatic email notifications when one or more of their classrooms is out of compliance; they then login to a secure website to view each classroom in their individual school, with course, teacher and student information listed. Student records listed include participation in special programs, such as Exceptional Student Education, English Language Learning and Inclusion, so administrators are able to make expedient and informed decisions about which students to re-assign, if necessary. The Class Size Monitoring application shows not only classrooms actually exceeding the size limits, but also identifies any data that may be missing, duplicated or incorrectly coded – conditions that can lead to classrooms being incorrectly reported as out of compliance. District administrators see a district-wide view of non-compliant schools and classrooms.
Said Mark Rankovic, Certica Solutions’ president and chief executive officer, “the districts which use Certica’s Class Size Monitoring application have demonstrated that daily, pro-active monitoring of non-compliant classrooms leads to expedient resolutions. These districts have also significantly reduced the cost and time associated with compliance, by providing principals with an easy-to-use self-service mechanism for daily tracking. Not the least important, however, is that these districts recognize that the class size calculations performed by the Florida Department of Education are extremely complex, and that districts may face penalties if they put sole responsibility for this issue in the hands of a few district staff members.”
About Certica Solutions, Inc.
Certica Solutions provides compliance and accountability solutions for the K-12 education system. The company’s data certification software, called Certify™, enables education agencies to maximize funding, optimize regulatory reporting, and ensure compliance with education policies and mandates. Founded in 2001, Certica counts among its customers numerous school districts and educational service agencies nationwide.