Hopkins Public Schools Finds Creative New Applications for Administrative Analytics

Veteran Tech Director Uses GuideK12 to Track Enrollment Patterns, Boundary Changes and Provide Transparency to Community

Minneapolis, MN June 23, 2014- Hopkins Public Schools has been using the geovisual analytics software platform from GuideK12 to track enrollment patterns in an effort to plan and anticipate the future enrollment numbers and administrative needs for the schools within the district as well as to prepare for the rare instances of petitioned community annexation.

Tracking and anticipating enrollment patterns is a growing need for districts with open enrollment to properly plan resource needs and capacity. Hopkins was experiencing an increase and exceeding projections in their kindergarten populations. The ability to not only geo-locate their students, but also to see the data represented in interactive visual charts and graphs allowed the district to better accommodate the future needs of particular schools.

“We can find geographical information in our Student Information System, but it is all in rows and columns. Being able to visualize the data and interact with it, through the GuideK12 platform, brings new insights to our administrators that numbers on paper just could not,” said Sid Voss, Director of Educational Technology, Media and Information Systems. “Visualizing it made a dramatic difference in our ability to expedite the decision making process and help us make the most accurate and positively impactful decisions.”

Hopkins Public Schools stretches across several suburbs and serves approximately 7,200 students. One suburb has recently seen residents petitioning to have their community reassigned to a neighboring school district. These types of requests require a tremendous amount of research, data and time to inform an accurate projection of the affects of said move. In this case, Hopkins needed a quick and accurate property analysis of the community in question and how the move would affect student counts.
“Pulling this type of data from different systems can be a painful task, but with GuideK12, it was an expeditiously easy process and provided accurate, compelling data in a fraction of the time over our previous options.” said Voss. “Using the data, we were able to effortlessly convey to the school board the potentially negative affects of changes in district boundaries.

GuideK12 is an integrated, web-based software that helps school districts better utilize, consolidate and understand their data for more effective and efficient decision making. Geovisual analytics is a new technology that turns data into actionable information via visualization on an interactive map. Districts experiencing changes need tools to support data driven planning. GuideK12 helps a district make more proactive, effective and accurate decisions around school choice, boundary changes, resource planning, emergency preparedness and student performance. GuideK12 serves districts across the nation.

“Our address data is now over 99% accurate, we know good decisions require good data,” said Voss. “Access to information and data is becoming increasingly important for school district administrators whether it is data for fiscal analysis, student achievement, demographic or socio-economic insight. GuideK12 gives us that insight to be sure we are basing decisions on solid data.”

To learn more about GuideK12 and Geovisual analytics for education, go to www.GuideK12.com or to schedule a demonstration contact Julie@Guidek12.com
About GuideK12:
GuideK12, geovisual analytics is decision support software that helps administrators make more proactive and effective decisions around student needs, program placement, boundary changes, school choice, emergency preparedness, student performance and more. Pulling disparate data into one interactive web-based map makes decision making more efficient, effective and accurate.. GuideK12 has been the proud recipient of many industry leading awards: Selected as a 2013 and 2014 finalist for SIIA’s education CODiE awards for Best K-12 Enterprise solution and Cloud solution; NSBA Innovative Showcase Company ( 1 of 6); EdTech Digest “Cool Tool” Winner for Best District Data Solution; and one of the Top Products of 2012 by DA Magazine. GuideK12 serves large metro, suburban and rural school districts throughout the United Sates. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more about GuideK12, please visit: www.guidek12.com
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