Marion County Public Schools Teams with Certica Solutions to Optimize State Funding

K-12 Data Certification Software Enables District to Hasten Receipt of Education Funding Through Accurate and Timely Data Submission

WAKEFIELD, Mass., January 22, 2009 – Certica Solutions today announced that Marion County Public Schools (MCPS) has chosen Certica’s K-12 data certification software to help secure necessary education funding by improving the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of district data reported to the Florida Department of Education.

Certica’s software, called Certify™, provides daily, personalized, web-based data certification reports to school personnel such as principals, registrars and information processing clerks, so they can easily review, research and correct data errors. Providing this web-based data certification capability has enabled MCPS and other Florida districts to significantly shorten the time it takes to identify and resolve data problems that may cause state funding to be delayed or withheld.

MCPS, a district of 42,000 students and more than fifty schools in North Central Florida, wanted the ability to frequently test its data for accuracy before periodically submitting it to the Florida Department of Education. With Certify, the district automatically validates and monitors its data on a nightly basis, ensuring that it meets highly-detailed and complex state reporting requirements.

“Certify has reinforced the importance of data accuracy and underscored the role that schools play in maintaining high quality data,” said Scott Hansen, director of technology information systems at MCPS. “We have empowered school and district personnel with a tool they can utilize to review and correct inaccurate data every single day during the school year – not just at data submission time. Being in control of our data ensures that critical state funding won’t be delayed, and that all students will receive the programs and services they deserve.”

Prior to implementing Certify software, MCPS personnel often worked evening shifts during the data submission period to resolve school and district data issues that had resulted from data entry errors, changes in state requirements, and challenges presented to school districts implementing web based student information systems. Now, with Certify, those evening shifts have been eliminated and the district is able to definitively measure the data improvement in each school.

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 several state departments of education, educational service agencies, and numerous school districts nationwide.

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