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Blue Valley School District uses SAS® to improve performance


Student data reporting and analysis supports reforms, individualize instruction

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS - SAS® data warehousing, analysis and reporting are helping Blue Valley Schools achieve dramatic improvements in standardized test scores through individualized instruction. Personalized student learning is at the heart of Blue Valley’s strategic plan to provide “Education Beyond Expectations.”

The SAS solution, providing timely access to data on more than 21,000 students at all grade levels, is critical to the academic success of Blue Valley students. The suburban Kansas City district collects data on student demographics, grades, state assessment scores and Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) exams. Analyzing MAP results lets schools predict student performance on the state tests.

For instance, when a student takes a September math assessment, teachers and administrators can immediately access reports indicating where she is struggling. Long before state tests, they can predict the child’s math scores and quickly intervene, individualizing instruction to bolster performance in trouble areas.

Blue Valley’s “Strategic Plan” strives for 100 percent of students to meet or exceed state standards in every subject. Results suggest they are on their way. The percentage of students meeting or exceeding state reading assessment standards rose from 83 percent in 2004 to nearly 96 percent last year. In math, it rose from 81 percent to 95 percent.

“Using our student data system, principals begin the year knowing where our children stand compared to standards,” said Bob Moore, Blue Valley’s Executive Director of Information Technology. “They can see district trends, predict state assessment scores and collaborate with teachers to tailor instructional strategies to each child.”

Over 200 administrators access the system regularly for immediate reports that used to take weeks. A similar portal for teachers is being piloted in the district.

“It was clear to us from the beginning that SAS was the only solution that could meet our needs,” said Moore. “SAS’ ability to assemble large amounts of data, build predictive models and generate reports quickly was essential to the success of the Strategic Plan.”

Moore will present on “Using Data to Individualize Instruction and Ensure Success for all Students” at the CoSN Annual Conference on Wednesday, March 11 in Austin, TX.

With more than 2,000 college, university and business-school customers in 109 countries and education specialists on every continent, SAS serves the education industry by delivering software solutions, strategic services and academic programs that spark innovation and expand educational opportunities.

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