ST CLOUD, Minn., February 6, 2007–The Central Minnesota Educational Research and Developmental Council (cmERDC) has acquired Viewpoint, a data warehouse and data management system for managing instructional planning, from Tandem Library Group (formerly Sagebrush Corp.). As of January 1, 2007, Viewpoint sales, development, support and implementation operations were transitioned to cmERDC.

As a result of the agreement, Karen Mortensen, previously Tandem´s executive education consultant, has accepted a position as cmERDC´s director of sales and marketing and student plans product manager. "cmERDC is honoring all existing contracts and proposals with Viewpoint customers nationwide," said Mortensen. "Bringing all Viewpoint customers together under a service agency such as cmERDC will allow for more synergistic development and user support. For example, cmERDC´s monthly Viewpoint User Group and online support community will now expand to include customers nationwide."

Initially released in 2005, Viewpoint allows educators to monitor student progress and guide curriculum development in conjunction with academic improvement plans. Educators and administrators log into a secure, customized Web environment to gain access to up-to-date, actionable information from student information systems, state standards assessments, human resources and finance.

"In July 2006, we entered into a distribution agreement with Sagebrush giving cmERDC exclusive sales channel rights to Viewpoint, so this transformation to ownership was a natural progression for us," said Peter Eigen, Executive Director of cmERDC. "We have a strong commitment to ongoing development of the Viewpoint system and look forward to expanding its reach nationwide."

The system includes a fully integrated suite of data analysis and reporting tools that consolidate data from multiple district sources:

*Viewpoint Reports–Teachers obtain comprehensive, on-demand views to state, nationally-normed and local assessment data, along with student enrollment, demographics, grades, attendance and intervention program data, on every student in their classroom to help inform their instruction. School and District administrators can view school and district level reports that reveal breakdowns of student populations by sub-groups. The data is dynamically refreshed on a district-based schedule.

*Viewpoint Analytics–Educators and administrators can access, analyze, print, and share school and student information, as well as instantly aggregate and disaggregate group and subgroup data based on variables such as demographics and test results.

*Student Plans–Teachers can enter data to complete Individualized Learning Plans for all students, especially those needing targeted instruction, IEPs for special education students, S504 plans for disabled non-special education students as well as student health plans. The program also allows educators to create evaluation plans and reports, meeting notices, parent letters, student progress reports and more.

About the Central Minnesota Educational Research and Development Council

The Central Minnesota Educational Research and Development Council (cmERDC) is a joint powers organization of 75 school districts in central Minnesota that cooperatively develops and provides products and services to help public and private schools deliver educational services. For more than 40 years, cmERDC has provided a wide variety of effective, affordable products and services to K-12 school districts in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and several other states across the country. This non-profit organization´s funding comes from participating districts in the areas of student information systems, finance and human resource systems, data warehousing, student plans, report card and grade book systems, and more. For company and product information visit cmERDC on the Web at http://www.erdc.k12.mn.us or call 320-202-0992.

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