eScholar Delivers Enhanced Version of its eScholar Complete Data Warehouse® to Support More than 20 Million Students

Update Embeds Common Core State Standards to Promote Personalization, Interoperability and Enhanced Reporting

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eScholar CDW is a proven product that integrates the disparate data sets necessary to create personalized education experiences informed by comprehensive data.

White Plains, NY (PRWEB) July 10, 2012

eScholar, the leader in driving the application of research and data to personalize education, today announced immediate availability of version 14.0 of the eScholar Complete Data Warehouse® (CDW). The eScholar CDW is the leading platform supporting data-driven decision making in education. eScholar CDW v14.0 extends this leadership with a slew of enhancements in support of tailoring education for each individual, including support for the Common Core State Standards Initiative, analysis of effective teaching techniques, and transportation information to improve operational efficiencies.
The eScholar CDW is designed to allow education agencies to integrate otherwise siloed transactional data from across the enterprise. Once the data is unlocked from these silos, it can be analyzed both longitudinally and comprehensively to inform and influence the decisions of various users to improve student outcomes. ”Our latest release represents eScholar’s continued track record of supporting our customers at all levels of education, but especially our belief that data in support of personalized education is the key to improving student outcomes,” said Russ Redgate, Product Manager of the eScholar CDW.

Key enhancements include:

  •     Effective Teaching: Enhanced support for evaluating effective teaching techniques at the classroom level.
  •     Student Goals: Academic standards data, including embedded Common Core State Standards data enabled by Academic Benchmarks’ file conversion service, can be linked to courses and test results to drive personalized approaches to improving individual student outcomes.
  •     Transportation Information: Enhanced data model supports tracking and analyzing transportation data to create efficiencies in route planning and fleet management.

“The education market is rapidly moving toward personalization,” said Shawn Bay, CEO and Founder of eScholar. “The delivery of eScholar CDW v14.0 responds to eScholar’s growing list of State and district-level education agencies’ needs to collect, analyze, and act upon comprehensive, cross-functional, integrated data sets. eScholar CDW is a proven product that integrates the disparate data sets necessary to create personalized education experiences informed by comprehensive data.”

eScholar CDW Supports Common Core State Standards Initiative

To date 45 State Education Agencies (SEA) have moved to adopt the Common Core State Standards. These academic standards provide an understanding of what specific skills are required for success in Mathematics and English Language Arts & Literacy. This framework is important in enabling personalized education at the individual level by aligning education content, regardless of where the content is taught, to college and career expectations. eScholar’s support of the Common Core allows customers to link student progress to a common framework describing college and career readiness. To facilitate this, eScholar has partnered with Academic Benchmarks, the market’s most comprehensive digital repository of academic standards, with over 2.6 million district, state, national, and international standards.
In addition to delivering support for the Common Core, eScholar recently announced its support of Ed-Fi™, the leading implementation of the United States Department of Education’s Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). Ed-Fi, developed by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation for describing data in transit, complements eScholar’s market-leading data warehouse platform by providing a data standard by which incompatible transactional systems, dispersed across the education enterprise, can transmit data to the eScholar education data warehouse solution.
Finally, eScholar has been working with its forward-thinking State Education Agency customers to support the Shared Learning Infrastructure (SLI). The eScholar CDW will soon be the engine powering SLI data, as it relates to skill mastery by individuals as they progress through the educational system over time and across states. Working in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, eScholar has been at the forefront of SLI adoption and use within one of the nation’s largest state implementations.
The introduction of eScholar CDW v14.0 coincides with eScholar’s participation at this year’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Data Conference in Washington, DC July 9-13, 2012. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute for Education Sciences. eScholar will be present and will be showcasing eScholar CDW’s new features. To understand more, please visit eScholar’s website at http://www.escholar.com

Data Warehousing in Education
Schools collect pertinent information from multiple sources to drive curriculums and meet specific Federal and State-level requirements. The information collected ranges from student attendance and enrollment records to class grades and credits, program participation and funding, testing, staff assignments and certifications, professional development, financial budgets, and more. An education-based data warehouse integrates and consolidates this information – otherwise dispersed across the enterprise – ensuring data integrity and applying data quality and validation to create consistency. It also presents the information for analysis and reporting to a wide range of stakeholders and users, including administrators at all levels, teachers, counselors, support staff, students, parents, and legislators.
Fast Facts:

  •     eScholar CDW is the most comprehensive P-20 education data warehouse solution available
  •     eScholar’s data management products are relied upon by nearly 20 million students, more than 4,800 school districts and 13 state-level education agencies
  •     The eScholar CDW meets, on average, over 90% of education agencies’ data requirements out-of-the-box, enabling rapid implementation and fast demonstration of value to all stakeholders, ensuring continued project support and success over the life of the project

About the eScholar Complete Data Warehouse Solution
The eScholar Complete Data Warehouse® Solution is the most widely used COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) software solution for gathering and managing Pre-Kindergarten through postsecondary educational data. Once loaded into the eScholar CDW, the integrated data forms a longitudinal history that can provide valuable insights into student achievement, educational programs, and effective teaching techniques. The eScholar CDW’s comprehensive, detailed and longitudinal structure is crucial to the analysis demanded by local and state educators who want to foster a data-driven decision-making environment and meet evolving Federal and State reporting requirements.

About eScholar
eScholar is the nation's leading innovator in the application of billions of individual education data points to support the needs and goals of each person. eScholar customers are realizing significant improvements in their ability to meet mandated reporting requirements but more importantly in their ability to improve pre-K through postsecondary student achievement. eScholar delivers an entire suite of award winning data warehouse, student and staff identifier management and collaborative goal planning solutions. Relied on by 13 state education agencies and over 4,800 school districts across the country, eScholar products transform the way educators use data. For more information about eScholar, visit http://www.escholar.com or call 877-328-2969.


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