School Districts Invest Race to the Top and Other ARRA Funds in Certica’s Data Certification Software
WAKEFIELD, Mass., February 7, 2011 – Certica Solutions, a leading provider of data management solutions to P-12 school districts, today announced that districts nationwide are investing federal ARRA stimulus funds, including Race to the Top (RT3) funds, in Certica’s data certification software, which enables schools to pro-actively and systematically validate and monitor data about students, teachers, courses and assessments.
Certica Solutions’ software, called Certify™, enables a daily, automated process of data validation, monitoring and error reporting – a process Certica calls “data certification.” Certify provides school and district staff with daily email notifications and Data Certification Scorecards, with details about data which are in error or are non-compliant. Certify is used by more than 120 districts nationwide, to:
- strengthen the success and adoption of administrative and longitudinal data systems;
- improve the efficacy of data-driven decision-making;
- support data governance initiatives; and
- maximize funding and ensure accountability through accurate and timely data reporting.
School districts are increasingly recognizing the connection between pro-active data quality programs and two main objectives of the U.S. Department of Education’s stimulus and reform funding programs:
- The need to ensure the quality of data used in systems which measure student success and support instruction – one of RT3’s four reform areas; and
- The need to track, manage and monitor data which support student achievement, enhanced teaching and school improvement – as required by RT3, Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT), and other funding programs.
School districts which have utilized ARRA funds to acquire Certify software include:
- Prince George’s County Public Schools, a Maryland district with approximately 128,000 students, utilized RT3 funds;
- Palmdale School District, a California district with approximately 22,000 students, utilized EETT funds;
- Humble Independent School District, a Texas district with approximately 34,000 students, utilized State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF).
Said Mark Rankovic, Certica Solutions’ president and chief executive officer, “the ability to monitor and validate data on a daily basis – with minimal effort – is critical to a district’s success in implementing data-intensive initiatives, whether directly related to the implementation and improvement of data systems, or more broadly for regular, ongoing tracking of data which support programs aimed at closing the achievement gap, improving graduation rates and measuring performance over time. These districts each have a goal of institutionalizing pro-active data quality programs to achieve these important education objectives.”
About Certica Solutions, Inc.
Certica Solutions provides compliance and accountability solutions for the P-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.