Rigorous Validation and Monitoring of Student Data Improves Accuracy of Dropout Rate
WAKEFIELD, Mass., October 20, 2009 – Certica Solutions today announced that Kansas City, Missouri School District (KCMSD) has selected Certica’s K-12 data certification software to help the district improve the accuracy and completeness of data submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The initial focus of KCMSD’s implementation is on data related to student transfers and withdrawals, which has a direct impact on the calculation of the district’s dropout rate.
In response to changes in Missouri DESE’s requirements for documentation and reporting of students who withdraw from school or transfer from one district to attend another, KCMSD, a district of 16,800 students, has stepped up the rigor with which the district records student data. Two years ago, DESE began requiring districts to record and report more detailed information about student transfers and withdrawals. The change in requirements left many Missouri districts scrambling as they saw their student dropout rates, as calculated by DESE, increase – a result of districts’ inability to quickly and comprehensively supply the information mandated by the state.
Certica Solutions’ software, called Certify™, provides daily, online, personalized Data Certification Scorecards™; to school and district personnel, so they can be alerted when critical data is incomplete or inaccurate. Certify automates the process of data review, validation and monitoring, so districts can more easily report complete and accurate data to state and federal agencies.
Like most large, urban districts across the United States, KCMSD has implemented programs to boost students’ academic growth and encourage students to graduate. Data from the 2007-2008 school year, however, told a different story. “Several Missouri districts saw their dropout rates skyrocket when the state began requiring the location of the inter-district transfers and exact dates of departure and re-enrollment,” said Mark Rankovic, Certica Solutions’ president and chief executive officer. “Certainly high school dropout rates are a concern for many districts, but clearly the calculated rates were inflated for that year. With Certify software, districts can have an automated, pro-active mechanism to help school personnel review errors and omissions in their data. Schools are able to see the impact of the data they enter into their student information systems, and they’re able to take an active role in helping their districts ensure and sustain high quality information.”
Using Certify software, KCMSD can validate and monitor a range of student, teacher and school information, such as student attendance, absenteeism, tardiness, course credits, class schedules, grade level and enrollment in special programs. Upon reviewing the Certify Scorecard, where information is incomplete or inaccurate, such as missing entry or exit dates, the data can be corrected in the district’s student information system before it is reported to DESE.
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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 several state departments of education, educational service agencies, and numerous school districts nationwide.
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