Mainstream Helps Arkansas Department of Education Lead U.S. in Important Data Quality Initiative

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Data Library Supports Mission to Improve College and Career Readiness for All Students

Mainstream Technologies, a Little Rock-based software solutions and IT service provider, is proud to have played a role in helping Arkansas rank first among the 50 states in taking action toward expanding data development with the goal of improving educational policy throughout the state, an achievement announced recently by the Data Quality Campaign.

Mainstream has worked with the Arkansas Department of Education to create a data library that will give state policymakers critical information as they work to expand college and career readiness for all students.

“Mainstream Technologies has been an instrumental partner in developing Arkansas’ new Statewide Information System, in part enabling the Department of Education to be ranked first among states by the Data Quality Campaign for its information systems,” says Jim Boardman, ADE’s assistant commissioner for research and technology. “We continue to utilize Mainstream’s broad IT services and expert development skills to build next-generation systems and empower stakeholders with vital tools for data-driven decision making.”

According to the report by the Data Quality Campaign, a national, collaborative effort to encourage and support state policy makers to improve the availability and use of high-quality education data to improve student achievement, “Arkansas leads the nation with nine of 10 state actions and providing cutting-edge, real-time data access and reporting.”

The campaign’s survey shows that no state has done more than Arkansas to undertake the campaign’s recommended actions to ensure effective data use. Arkansas is the only state to have taken nine of the 10 recommended actions.

For more information about the Data Quality Campaign and its survey, see http://dataqualitycampaign.org/

About Mainstream Technologies
Founded in 1996, Mainstream Technologies serves clients both nationwide and locally in Arkansas. The Mainstream Software Solutions group provides software solutions for businesses including custom development, professional consulting and programming services. Leveraging their vast experience in numerous industries and their broad expertise in multiple computer languages and operating systems, they provide cost-effective solutions that improve their clients' business operations and efficiency. Using a consultative business-focused approach, Mainstream makes objective recommendations that simply deliver results, particularly in these uncertain economic times.

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