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District creates, sells own data tool

By Corey Murray, Senior Editor, eSchool News
January 20th, 2006

When Oak View Elementary School Principal Debbie Lane discovered her fourth-graders were struggling to pass a state-mandated exam on social studies skills, she didn't panic; instead, she turned to her computer, and the district's data warehouse, for answers.

The results were encouraging. Though students in Oak View were struggling, their counterparts in other schools across the district actually were performing well on the test, many even exceeding expectations, results showed.

Rather than scrap the school's entire approach to teaching social studies and start over from scratch, Lane and her curriculum

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  • District creates, sells own data tool

    By eSchool News
    January 20th, 2006
    Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) officials have built their own decision support tool that helps educators analyze the performance of schools, subgroups, and individual students, allowing educators to tailor their instruction accordingly to ensure that all students succeed under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The results have been so encouraging that district officials have patented the technology and now sell it to other school systems to offset the costs of its development....

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