Just North of Fort Worth, Texas, Keller Independent School District (ISD) serves over 33,000 students on 39 campuses. The District needed a solution to make all student data more accessible for administrators, teachers, and other staff. The District determined that a data warehouse would give them the “one-stop” solution their stakeholders needed.
At first, Keller ISD explored the possibility of developing its own custom data warehouse. The District staff did research and spoke with other districts that had already tried to tackle the problem internally. They found that building a simple data repository seemed feasible, but taking the next step to make the data easily viewable and accessible to end-users was a much tougher challenge. The District realized that the value of the project would be greatly diminished without the end-user component. Ultimately, Keller ISD decided against an internal custom built data warehouse.
The District staff eventually came across a study done at Pasadena ISD, Texas by the Institute for Research and Reform in Education as part of a high school reform project and became intrigued by the Mizuni Data Warehouse and Dashboard Suite Solution. After extensive research, Ms. Cinnamon Skewes, Project Manager at Keller ISD said, “Without exception, all the districts we interviewed said Mizuni’s customer service was exemplary and that the data warehouse product was well received by teachers and administrators.”
KELLER ISD TEAMS WITH MIZUNI
In the Fall of 2010, Keller ISD chose the Mizuni Solution to implement the “one-stop” solution to access student data. In one month, Mizuni was able to implement the Mizuni Data Warehouse, Mizuni Dashboard Suite, Mizuni Integration Server and Mizuni Data Adapters for Keller ISD. Integration with existing systems, such as Sungard K12 Education’ s eSchoolPLUS student information system, was a breeze. “The Mizuni team communicated their needs and expectations regarding the data integration process. They often anticipated or uncovered issues before we even knew they existed,” said Ms. Skewes. After implementation, administrators became avid users of the Mizuni Solution, which they found to be intuitive and greatly beneficial in informing their work. Teachers are also now beginning to use the dashboard to access real-time information. “Teachers now have access to all their student data in one easy-to-access location breaking down the data silos that existed prior to implementing the Mizuni Solution,” reported Ms. Skewes. The district says that this easy access has greatly increased data use to inform decision-making in the classroom. The district is also rolling out access to other staff such as Gifted and Talented Coordinators, Intervention Specialists, and Security Specialists, who are eager to see and use the information
GREATER VISIBILITY LEADS TO BETTER QUALITY DATA
The implementation process and the district’s greatly expanded use of data created the desire for more and better quality data. “Having more data at your fingertips uncovers areas of opportunities where improvement is needed,” said Ms. Skewes. Keller lSD staff is now working to improve the accuracy and completeness of the District’s data, which will provide better information for decision-making.
With a vast quantity of key historical data at their users’ fingertips (attendance, assessments, grades, behavior, enrollment, and demographics), Keller lSD is now working to streamline processes throughout the district to deliver school office staff with more timely data and to move toward a more proactive approach to data use. “We plan on being more proactive in the use of data by using predictive analysis to anticipate student outcomes rather than simply being reactive,” says Joe Griffin, Chief Technology Officer at Keller lSD. ” Predictive analysis should now be possible to help us generate expected performance on State Accountability ratings and other student performance indicators.”
Fusing a commitment to improving education with decades of experience developing corporate enterprise solutions, Mizuni, Inc. has pioneered an innovative data-driven decision-making solution for education. The Mizuni PK 12-Enterprise Information Management Solution for Districts informs instruction and improves student achievement by providing educators with accurate, real-time information. Our solution is comprised of the
Mizuni Data Warehouse, Mizuni Dashboard Suite, Mizuni Integration Server and Mizuni Data Adapters. Also available is the Mizuni PK-20 Enterprise Information Management Solution for States designed to meet the unique information needs of State Education Agencies. Today, over 700,000 students throughout the U.S. benefit from the Mizuni Solution.
- Part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
- 33,000 students, 39 campuses, 2,100 instructional staff
- One of the fastest growing Texas districts
- Student enrollment has doubled in the last 10 years
- Opened 23 new campuses since 2000