Level Data and SRC both believe that school districts should be focused on education – and not be burdened with managing data.
Level Data Inc., a Kalamazoo, Mich., services company, has created an education IT market niche in cleaning up school district data and integrating applications. Maintaining accurate student information is important, given that state and federal funding depends on data quality, noted Matt Betts, president of Level Data.
Betts said a school engagement begins with a walkthrough of how the district conducts such activities as enrolling students, transferring students and hiring personnel. The company also works with the customer to determine authoritative sources for each data type and then initiates a data-cleansing process.
Data-cleansing and integration projects help schools in a couple of ways. Integration relieves school district employees from the task of shuffling data back and forth. Betts cited one district customer that was able to repurpose 39 employees who had been involved in the manual movement of data.
Once a foundation of trusted data is established, Level Data moves on to integration. The company offers a cloud-based data integration service, which pulls together a school’s applications — student information, food services and transportation systems, among others.
Level Data integrates about a dozen applications for Oxford Virtual Academy, which offers online courses to K-12 students in Oxford Community Schools in Michigan. Those applications include Pearson’s PowerSchool student information system and SRC Solutions’ Registration Gateway, an online registration and re-enrollment product.
Cleaner information, meanwhile, can boost a school’s access to funding. For example, data-improvement projects help school districts accurately identify which students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch. That data is reported to government programs, which provide reimbursement. Betts said most districts see about a 20% drop in free and reduced-price counts when students enter high school.
“Those kids may still qualify, but they frequently don’t get counted in the state reporting,” Betts said. With accurate data, however, schools can look forward to “tapping new funding … they didn’t have before,” he added.
About SRC Solutions, Inc.:
Founded in 2001, the Pennsylvania company is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), which simplifies and automates cumbersome, repetitive and counter-productive work practices replacing them with easy-to-use, innovative electronic processes. SRC Solutions flagship Gateway Suite incorporates solutions to manage online registration, validate and clean data, as well as improve Student Relationship Management in the K12 market.
For more about SRC Solutions, Inc., please visit: registrationgateway.com