Educational Service Centers (ESCs) can use this tool to analyze district performance and identify opportunities for improvement...The value of this tool to school districts is significant and we are excited to partner with Public Insight.
Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) May 13, 2014
The Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) has entered into a partnership agreement with Public Insight Corporation to utilize the Public Insight flagship analytical platform, http://www.publicinsightdata.com, to help facilitate analysis of Ohio public school data. Public Insight transforms a broad array of public data into usable reports so that individuals can analyze and compare thousands of national and state data metrics.
“While there is substantial school district data available, there is no comprehensive way of leveraging it for analysis. Public Insight has made major strides in pulling together information in a meaningful, usable way,” said Craig Burford, Executive Director of OESCA. “Educational Service Centers (ESCs) can use this tool to analyze district performance and identify opportunities for improvement. We anticipate the potential to incorporate numerous additional data sources that are used independently by ESCs into a single, unified platform. The value of this tool to school districts is significant and we are excited to partner with Public Insight.”
“We are very excited about the partnership with OESCA,” said Dan Quigg, CEO of Public Insight Corporation. “We understand the potential value of a platform like ours to ESCs and school districts to leverage the value of public data. With ESC input, we are excited about the potential to improve school districts."
Under the terms of the partnership, OESCA and Public Insight will leverage the Ohio ESCs for input in prioritizing data sources, metrics, and use cases for ESCs and school districts. Public Insight will conduct demonstrations and train school districts on use of the platform for analysis.
Burford said the decision to go forward followed early usage by ESCs and school districts which identified the platform as a valuable tool. An example of how the platform might be used would be to analyze proficiency data disaggregated for disadvantaged students across school districts within a county. Or, unrelated sets of data can be linked. For example, district performance data could be analyzed against district financial data. The new Public Insight Report Builder application provides the ability to customize analysis for even deeper insights into public education data.
About Public Insight
Public Insight is an Ohio company that transforms complicated public data into actionable insight so that users can easily navigate data, create peer comparisons and benchmarks, and add context to what is typically complex data. Public Insight subscriptions provide users with advanced analysis and applications, while basic data analysis is provided to the general public free of charge.
About The Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA)
The Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA), a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association, represents the nearly 13,000 superintendents, teachers, supervisors and other personnel of Ohio's Educational Service Centers (ESCs) and seeks to promote excellence in education through the quality services provided by its member organizations. OESCA provides legislative updates, coordinates member lobbying efforts and organizes communications among its member organizations. OESCA also provides professional development opportunities for service center administrators and personnel through issue-related seminars and major conferences.
About Ohio’s Educational Service Centers
Ohio’s 55 ESCs are intermediate educational service agencies that provide educational, operational and fiscal support services to Ohio’s school districts and other local political subdivisions. Considered school districts in state law and local education agencies (LEAs) in federal law, ESCs serve 614 public schools, 208 charter schools, 291 nonpublic schools, and countless other local and regional governmental agencies.