Monday, March 23, 2009

Chicago, IL – Less than 10 months after the project began, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) rolled out the CPS Dashboard performance management system. The CPS Dashboard is a comprehensive educational data warehouse complete with role-based interactive dashboards, analytic reports, and analytic applications that push the culture of data-driven decision making to all levels of the organization, including schools, area instruction offices, and the central office.

The CPS Dashboard was implemented by VersiFit Technologies, LLC (VersiFit) and its subcontractor, Clarity Partners, LLC (Clarity). The goal of the CPS Dashboard system is to provide more accountability and transparency to the educational stakeholder community. The Dashboard is a key component of CPS's overall effort to create a top quality performance management system that will affect all aspects of the district. The CPS Dashboard is the culmination of a three phase , multi-year plan to dramatically improve the availability of information to school principals, area instructional officers, and central office administrators to enhance their ability to manage their organizations.

The VersiFit-Clarity Team worked collaboratively with CPS to implement the CPS Dashboard solution, leveraging VersiFit’s proven EdVantage™ K12 data model. The work included system architecture, data integration, metrics and reporting, documentation, testing, knowledge transfer, training of thousands of CPS employees, and system maintenance and support.

The CPS Dashboard provides metrics and reporting on critical data elements from student information, human resources, health, standardized tests, discipline, special education, curriculum, and grades into a single highly refined analytical data structure. From this platform, principals, Area Instructional Officers, and administrators now have the ability to perform powerful analysis all within in an intuitive, graphical, web-based environment.

About Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s third-largest school district and the second largest employer in Illinois with more than 44,000 employees. With an enrollment of nearly 409,000 students served by more than 24,000 teachers at 655 schools, Chicago Public Schools is one of the most diverse public school districts in the nation.  Learn more at http://www.cps.edu.

About Versifit Technologies

VersiFit Technologies, LLC provides data management solutions designed to assist school districts in their quest to become modern, data-driven-decision-making organizations. The company’s flagship product, EdVantage™ is based upon nearly ten years of educational experience and includes the leading analytic and reporting platform, with proven, best-practices to turn raw educational data into information, and information into insight.  To find more information on VersiFit Technologies visit http://www.versifit.com/.

About Freemark Consulting

Freemark Consulting is a Chicago-based management consulting firm focused on public sector technology training initiatives. The firm is 100% women-owned and W/FBE-certified by the City of Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois (among others). Freemark will provide constituent training and change management consulting to support the Dashboard Release 3 implementation.  For more information regarding Freemark Consulting visit http://www.freemarkconsulting.com/.