Deer Park Independent School District Chooses Certica to Improve the Quality of Education Data Reporting

Texas K-12 District Will Automate Their Data Validation Processes to Boost the Timeliness and Accuracy of State-Required Data Submissions

WAKEFIELD, Mass., June 14, 2007 – Certica Solutions, a leading provider of data certification solutions, today announced that Deer Park Independent School District, located 20 miles southeast of Houston, has selected Certica’s data certification solution to allow the district to improve the quality of data that they report to the state of Texas.

Certica’s data certification solution, called Certify™, is used to validate, monitor and report on education data at federal, state and local levels, helping agencies to ensure accountability, allocate funding accurately, and reduce the time and labor costs associated with data management and reporting.

Deer Park Independent School District, comprising fourteen schools and more than 12,000 students, faces the challenge of providing high-quality data four times each year to the Texas Education Agency. Each data submission must be free of errors and omissions, and be an accurate reflection of the district’s student population. Many state education agencies, including Texas, have strict schedules that outline the period of time in which school districts can submit data, making it difficult for districts to clean up and submit data in a limited amount of time.

In evaluating Certify, Deer Park realized that by streamlining and automating their data validation process, and applying Certify’s rules-based certification capabilities to their student information system on an ongoing basis, they could better meet their state reporting requirements without the time pressures they had experienced in the past. Certify provides a base of hundreds of data validations to assist Texas districts with their state reporting requirements, known as the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS).

Said Sue Pike, director of information services for Deer Park Independent School District, “based on what we’ve learned during our initial implementation of Certify, we will be able to validate our district’s data on an ongoing, pro-active basis, so that by the time we are required to submit data to the Texas Education Agency, we can do so with a higher level of accuracy, consistency and completeness, eliminating the need for re-work and re-submission of data.”

About Certica Solutions
Certica Solutions, formerly The Center for Data Quality, is a leading provider of data certification solutions, helping corporate and government organizations address specific business challenges with a structured, systematic approach to identifying, reporting and monitoring data quality issues. Certica’s business-specific solutions, based on the company’s Certify™ software, enable organizations to identify costly data errors and omissions, comply confidently with regulatory requirements, improve data in a shortened time period, and certify their data suppliers’ data.

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