American Samoa Department of Education Partners With Pearson and Choice Solutions to Deliver a Longitudinal Data System

Boston (PRWEB) November 20, 2012

The American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) selected Pearson and Choice Solutions Inc. (Choice) to design and implement a federally funded P-20 longitudinal data system (LDS). This project represents the first of its kind in the Pacific. The American Samoa Department of Education currently serves 21,326 students between the ages of 3 to 18 from public and private schools.

To improve education services for these students, the ASDOE invested in a series of separate information systems. Forcing the systems databases together to enable data-driven decision-making and to meet federally mandated reporting requirements is extremely complex. The Pearson and Choice Longitudinal Data System will connect these systemsand the records within themto create a single, easily accessible information source that simplifies federal reporting efforts and delivers actionable data into the hands of educational stakeholders to drive positive change and improve student outcomes.

Dr. Jacinta Galeai, Director Designee of Education in American Samoa, said the Longitudinal Data System represents a new paradigm for the way we educate children in American Samoa. The system allows us to address individual student needs, track student achievement, and have data-driven decision-making for our programs, said Dr. Galeai. Additionally, we have an obligation to provide data to students, teachers and parents. The community will be able to see how our students are performing and we can hold schools accountable for their activities. It is an exciting time to be a part of education in American Samoa, and this system changes everything about how we manage our schools.

This new Longitudinal Data System will incorporate a series of information technology products from the partnered organizations: Pearson will deliver PowerSchool SMS, Pearson Inform and ParentCONNECT; while Choice will install edFusion

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