New IBM Insight at School Solution Brings the Power of Business Intelligence to School Districts

Provides Solutions for Strategic Decision Making to Improve Student Achievement

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Atlanta, Ga - 27 Jun 2000: -- At the National Education Computing Conference (NECC), IBM today announced IBM Insight at School, a new business intelligence solution for the K-12 market, which provides schools with the technology, consulting and services that will help them make more informed decisions to improve the learning process.

Demand for continuous improvement in student achievement and accountability is now a major challenge educators and administrators must address. Through the use of integrated information and data analysis tools provided by IBM Insight at School, administrators can spot trends and evaluate curriculum at the building, district and classroom levels.

The solution helps school districts access multiple years of integrated historical data on students, tests, courses and grades. With instant access via any personal computer to students' academic histories, it is easy to analyze class performance, grade performance, district performance, curriculum calendars, geographic data, and a host of other variables. All this information can be used by staff as a guide to tailor teaching methods in areas where students are failing to perform.

"Schools gather an avalanche of data on a daily basis, and educators have made it very clear to us that they are looking for an integrated solution that puts accurate, easy-to-access data at their fingertips to help them make data-driven decisions," said Rae Ann Alton, IBM world wide K - 12 segment manager. "IBM is committed to helping school districts create a solution that will help them make strategic decisions to improve the curriculum and meet accountability requirements imposed by legislators and governors."

"Putting useful information in the hands of the appropriate people, including educators, makes all of the difference in the world in the quality of education," said Alvin Wilbanks, superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools. "We had to have information to know if our schools were doing a good job and the new system is enabling us to make fact-based decisions to improve our students' performance levels." Gwinnett County Public Schools is the largest school district in Georgia. IBM's Insight at School was developed and delivered by IBM Business Innovation Services.

"In corporate America, putting business intelligence at an employee's fingertips has spawned a multi-billion-dollar industry, said Ben Barnes, general manager, IBM Global Business Intelligence Solutions. "And now we are seeing many implementations in public education."

Business intelligence is the gathering, management, and analysis of raw data on an organization's customers, products and services in order to drive strategic decisions. Using a combination of servers, storage, database software, analytical tools and consulting, data warehouses serve as the central business intelligence technology for the collection of this data. This information helps organizations boost speed to market, pursue closer user relationships, improve operations and reduce costs.

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