Thursday, August 21, 2008

Chicago, IL – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) engaged VersiFit Technologies, LLC (VersiFit) and its subcontractors, Clarity Partners, LLC (Clarity) and Freemark Consulting, to implement release 3 of the CPS Dashboard. The goal of the CPS Dashboard system is to provide more accountability and transparency to the educational stakeholder community. The creation of the CPS Dashboard will push the culture of data-driven decision making to all levels of the organization. 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, including schools, area instruction offices, and the central office.

As a part of CPS’ Performance Management Strategy, the VersiFit-Clarity Team will work with CPS to jointly contribute intellectual property, propriety designs, and technical services, for the implementation of a comprehensive educational data warehouse complete with role-based interactive dashboards, analytic reports, and analytic applications. The Project is the third phase of CPS’ 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.

Over the years, Clarity has developed an in depth understanding of the CPS environment and business processes through its work on the IMPACT, PeopleSoft HRMS, Active Directory Rollout, and VoIP Implementation projects. Clarity will provide project management, business analysis, and dashboard and data warehouse development, and user training services to support the Dashboard Release 3 implementation.

The VersiFit-Clarity Team has proven experience implementing business intelligence and data warehouse solutions both within K-12 and other government and corporate entities. The VersiFit-Clarity Team is working collaboratively with CPS to implement the solution, leveraging VersiFit’s proven EdVantage™ K12 data model. The work includes system architecture, data integration, metrics and reporting, documentation, testing, knowledge transfer, training of 5,000 CPS employees, and system maintenance and support.

The CPS Dashboard will provide 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 will 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.  To learn more visit 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 learn more 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 on Freemark Consulting visit http://www.freemarkconsulting.com/