June 04, 2008 - McHenry, IL. The latest release of the TetraData warehousing and analytics tools is designed to make it easier to communicate student performance data across the school district. Follett Software Company recently announced the release of TetraData DASH and Analysis Suite version 7.0, which helps build a district-wide "data culture" that results in improved instruction and better decision-making.
TetraData 7.0 includes TetraData DASH and TetraData Analysis Suite, both of which now use "Virtual OLAP Dynamic Dimensions" technology to allow more rapid and flexible access to the districts’ data in real time. DASH presents easy-to-understand summary views of district-defined performance indicators; Analysis Suite lets users develop more refined queries, finding answers that support better teaching. As a result, users can now communicate vital facts about student performance to every stakeholder in the district, in a way that’s tailored to their unique school improvement and student performance strategies.
"With version 7.0, TetraData really becomes a visual canvas for district-wide goal alignment and continuous improvement," according to Sue Adelmann, TetraData Senior Product Manager at Follett Software Company. "Starting from foundational National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES) Education Performance Indicators, DASH can be easily tailored to fit the unique DNA of every school district," Adelmann said.
"We’ve added the ability to configure indicators and create custom indicator templates," Adelmann said. "DASH delivers actionable data in the right place at the right time, regardless of whether schools are under-achieving or over-achieving, or somewhere in the middle, and no matter what the population mix or stage of continuous improvement. With VOLAP Dynamic Dimensions any data that is captured in the warehouse can be measured on the fly. DASH is always ready to present fresh indicators as district goals evolve with each cycle of continuous improvement, and it becomes the ideal support system for fostering a strong ongoing data culture," Adelmann said.
Fostering a "Data Culture"
Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District (LBL) headquartered in Albany, OR, recently piloted TetraData 7.0, having implemented a previous version in 2006. LBL, which provides educational support programs and services to 12 component school districts, 87 schools and approximately 33,000 students in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, plus another 30,000 students in districts outside its region, is committed to the goal of giving teachers and administrators the information they need to make the best possible educational decisions for students.
"LBL’s commitment has always been about using data to inform student learning and instruction," said Susan Halliday, LBL’s School Improvement Coordinator. "With DASH we can actually get people who are not interested in building report queries to get that first look at the information they need. We’re getting data into the hands of more people, and we have more people knowing what the appropriate questions to ask are," she said.
"We’re starting to develop a whole data culture throughout our service area," Halliday added. "We’re really excited about being able to make data-driven decision making more of a rule as opposed to an exception."
TetraData 7.0 offers LBL "a lot more flexibility," Halliday said. "We have more control over the structure of our performance indicators, how the indicators are supported, and we can specify custom indicators. That really lets us get at what people want to see, in the way they want to see it."
About TetraData Solutions
Follett Software’s TetraData data warehousing and analytics solutions capture, integrate and store data from administrative and educational systems and deliver comprehensive and customized data analysis and reporting. With TetraData solutions, educators can easily and accurately assess the factors that drive performance on a district level as well as on an individual student level. With TetraData solutions, educators and administrators from the statehouse to the schoolhouse find it easier to make decisions that can improve instruction and student outcomes.
Follett Software Company is the partner that over half of America's school districts trust to help them manage everything from library resources and school assets to information for data-driven decision-making. Follett Software Company helps districts of all sizes track and use information and resources more efficiently so their dollars are best leveraged to help each and every student.
Follett Software is a subsidiary of Follett Corporation – a $2.37 billion, privately-held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873 and has its headquarters in River Grove, Illinois.