Ozark City Schools in Alabama Selects Performance Matters Web-Based Assessment and Data Management System

Ozark is one of the first districts in Alabama to use Performance Matters to correlate and analyze performance data from multiple sources, turning data into actionable information

WINTER PARK, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Wrestling with reduced budgets, increased class sizes, and the new Alabama College and Career Standards for mathematics and English language arts, many Alabama school districts are seeking creative ways to boost their efficiency as they strive to improve student achievement. One system that is making it easier for districts to meet rigorous requirements while saving time for school and district staff is Performance Matters™. Performance Matters is a web-based solution that provides an integrated platform for student assessment, data management and teacher effectiveness.

Ozark City Schools, located in southeast Alabama, has selected Performance Matters to provide an integrated solution for data-driven decision making from the individual student level to the district level. While Ozark City Schools is one of the first districts in Alabama to implement the Performance Matters system, the company’s product line is used in school districts across the nation, including nearly half of all districts in Florida and Maryland. The implementation in Ozark City Schools, which will begin this fall, was driven by the need for a comprehensive, streamlined solution to support informed decision making district-wide.

“With our previous assessment and data management system, we couldn’t save all our student data from one year to the next. We needed a system that would allow us to collect and store longitudinal data from our state tests as well as our local assessments,” said Jacqueline Kelley, educational specialist for Ozark City Schools. “Performance Matters was the only system that met our needs and incorporated everything we wanted into one system. The reporting will give us the ability to review and analyze data in a variety of ways, from the district and school levels to the teacher and individual student levels. This will not only help our teachers make more informed instructional decisions throughout the year, but it will help our school and district leaders determine where we have pressing needs so we can adjust and invest our resources where they’ll have the greatest impact. Plus, as Alabama moves toward incorporating student achievement results into teacher evaluations, this will give us an easy way to see the success our teachers are having with our students.”

Operating on a single, web-based platform, Performance Matters offers schools a unique capability to combine historical data such as state test scores with current data such as benchmark, district and classroom assessments. Using interactive dashboards and color-coded reports, educators can instantly disaggregate and analyze the data for any student or group. By combining past performance with current data, districts and schools can objectively determine what’s working and what’s not to maximize their resources and make informed decisions about the best way to improve student performance.

About Performance Matters

Performance Matters helps K-12 school systems improve student learning by providing comprehensive, integrated solutions for assessment, data management and teacher effectiveness. Based in Winter Park, Fla., Performance Matters solutions are used by school districts across the country. For more information, visit www.performancematters.com or call (407) 645-1800.

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Source: Performance Matters