Utah State Office of Education Partners with Pearson for New Statewide Longitudinal Data System

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New System to Provide Automated Collection, Processing and Increased Capabilities for the State

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The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) has selected Pearson to design, integrate and deliver the federally funded Utah e-Transcript and Record Exchange (UTREx) project.

The new system will serve a wide range of stakeholders in improving student achievement by providing Utah's educators with quality and timely information. UTREx will help track student performance and fulfill the need for more automated and timely student data collection and distribution.

The UTREx project is representative of the next stage in the evolution of the USOE's data collection and record exchange. Pearson has a proven track record of successfully delivering purpose-built solutions for 11 other state education agencies, and is renowned for implementing and integrating large, complex data systems.

Pearson, with its partner Choice Solutions, signed a USOE contract in December 2010 to implement a new system using Pearson's Vertical Reporting FrameworkTM (VRF) and the Choice edFusion® Data Warehouse. These solutions together will enable the automated collection and storage of Clearinghouse files from Utah school districts.

With VRF, the USOE will be able to perform statewide management of local education agency (LEA) data collection, validation and submission - from multiple student information systems - across multiple communications channels. VRF will make it possible for Utah districts to quickly and easily collect, review and cleanse data in their student information systems. The collected files will then be validated and loaded into the new Clearinghouse Database. This proven enterprise-class data warehouse will provide the USOE with an adaptable and expandable data management and reporting platform.

"The USOE is at the forefront of student data collection and exchange system innovation, and we look forward to working closely with them to create the framework that will shape and drive Utah's education future," said Steve Curtis, President of Pearson's Data Solutions Group.

About Utah State Office of Education IT Department
The Utah State Office of Education Information Technology section develops and provides cost-effective, broadly based, highly functional information technology services for Utah's public school districts, the Utah State Office of Education (USOE), and the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR). For more information, visit http://www.schools.utah.gov.

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO) the global leader in education and education technology, provides innovative enterprise interoperability solutions for the PK-20 education market. Through its SIFWorks® integration platform, National Transcript Center solution, comprehensive professional services and relationships with business partners and educators, Pearson connects the systems that power education. For more information about Pearson, visit http://www.pearsondatasolutions.com.

About Choice Solutions
Choice Solutions is an end-to-end global Enterprise IT Service and Solutions provider focusing on answers for Education that meets the needs of today while planning for the challenges of tomorrow. The Choice family boasts over 60 years of combined Education information systems experience in local, state, and federal arenas. For more information about Choice Solutions, visit http://www.choicep20.com.

John Brandt - USOE

Adam Gaber - Pearson

Brennain Delaney - Choice Solutions

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