Georgia District Shows How They Use Data Analytics

Recently we here at Tyler Technologies were contacted by one of our clients, Barrow County School System in Georgia, letting us know that they had done something pretty incredible. They use our data analytics program, Tyler Pulse, and they found it so useful that they decided to create their own client testimonial video talking about their … Continue reading Georgia District Shows How They Use Data Analytics

Efficiency versus Effectiveness

I recently witnessed a fascinating discussion at a conference that has had me thinking ever since. A K-12 support professional stated that it was her responsibility to be as effective as possible when providing services for students in support of their educational goals. A peer immediately responded that he felt that it was his duty … Continue reading Efficiency versus Effectiveness

From KPIs to Benchmarking to Best Practices

As responsible school business officials, we know how important it is to be completely certain that our district operations are well managed. To do so we must constantly ask ourselves questions such as: “How are we doing? How do we compare with others? Are we making progress fast enough? Are we using the best practices?” … Continue reading From KPIs to Benchmarking to Best Practices

Information-Based Decision Making: Part Two

I remember reading a study performed three years ago by US News and World Report where they evaluated the thirty largest industries in the US and discussed how each performed their business functions. Education, being one of these industries, was described with the byline, “Education generates more data than any other industry, and uses it … Continue reading Information-Based Decision Making: Part Two

Information-Based Decision Making: Part One

A lot has been said and written supporting the concept of data driven decision making. But far less has been published about how decision makers actually get from raw data to a final, real-life decision. And even less about the ways in which decision makers have to first interrogate that data. In reality, even the … Continue reading Information-Based Decision Making: Part One

Key Performance Indicators: A Check Engine Light For Your Business

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tells us that: “OBD stands for On-Board Diagnostics, a computer-based system built into all model year 1996 and newer light-duty cars and trucks. OBD monitors the performance of some of the engines' major components. The system provides owners with an early warning of malfunctions by way of a dashboard ‘Check … Continue reading Key Performance Indicators: A Check Engine Light For Your Business

A New Way to Measure At-Risk Students

What determines if a student is at risk? How can this be measured? What is the meaning of “At Risk”? These same questions are asked by school districts across the United States every day, but the answers can be very different depending on the district, state, student grade level and even based on the opinions … Continue reading A New Way to Measure At-Risk Students

Measuring the Value that Teachers Contribute to their Classrooms

There is a strong trend in education to strengthen the way that teacher performance is evaluated.  In most states, this usually means evaluating teachers on the performance of their students.  Obviously, this is a very difficult thing to do.  Schools have the source data to do this by using the master schedule in the student … Continue reading Measuring the Value that Teachers Contribute to their Classrooms

Are my software systems talking to each other?

How can the purchase of a new cell phone teach us a key lesson about acquiring K-12 technology? My recent transition from the iPhone to the Razor illustrates the challenge our clients face when replacing Student Information Systems, ERP Financial/HR applications, and Student Transportation software: configuring our applications to communicate with each other is vital … Continue reading Are my software systems talking to each other?

Consolidation, KPIs, Efficiency – then what?

Recently, the Lake Placid News ran an article reporting that two small districts in upstate New York - Lake Placid and Saranac Lake - were going to explore options for funding a consolidation study. A discussion at a joint meeting of the two schools boards teased out the idea that a third district – Tupper … Continue reading Consolidation, KPIs, Efficiency – then what?