On May 28, SunGard K-12 Education, a leading K-12 administrative software and technology services company, celebrated Delaware Department of Education’s national recognition for effective data use. At the event, which was held at South Dover Elementary in Dover, Del., the company announced the creation of a grant program to benefit Delaware school districts.

In its most recent report on data use in education, the Data Quality Campaign (DQC)—a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.—recognized Delaware as one of only two states that have met all 10 state actions identified by the DQC as supporting effective data use in our nation’s schools. In the foreword of the organization’s most recent annual report, Aimee Rogstad Guidera, founder and executive director of Data Quality Campaign, acknowledged Delaware and Arkansas for their achievements, saying, “This accomplishment is a testament to the consistent and collaborative leadership that has been a hallmark of how these states have responded to the needs of their citizens and have thus made effective data use a reality.”

To support student achievement, the state of Delaware provides all school districts and charter schools SunGard K-12 Education’s eSchoolPLUS for managing student information, IEPPLUS for managing special education, and PerformancePLUS for tracking student performance and building local assessments. The administrative software is deployed to Delaware’s school districts and charter schools via a private cloud environment housed inside the state’s firewall.

At the event, George Pepper, SunGard K-12 Education’s chief executive officer and president, recognized the Delaware Department of Education for its efforts.

“Delaware Department of Education is providing the educational systems and information that empower all stakeholders—from parents to policymakers. Through its visionary leadership, the department is supporting an excellent education for every Delaware student. As a result of this education, these students are imagining greater possibilities for their future and are being better prepared to fulfill the promise of their boundless potential,” said Pepper. “Today, SunGard K-12 Education honors Delaware for its achievement.”

Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Education’s director of product management, announced the creation of the eSchoolPLUS Data to Insights Grant Program. Through the program, SunGard K-12 will provide funding and training from its skilled Professional Services consultants to help Delaware districts support their teachers in making effective use of the robust data in eSchoolPLUS.

“It is truly an honor to support the incredible work being done in Delaware on behalf of students throughout the state,” said Hames. “With these grants, we will help educators broaden their understanding of student data and continue to strengthen the great work already being done here.”

“We are thankful for this recognition but more importantly for the support being offered for our districts and charter schools to allow additional professional development to their educators,” said Secretary of Education Mark Murphy.

About SunGard K-12 Education
SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. The PLUS 360 products are a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suite—which provides district staff with anytime, anywhere access to important district information—can be deployed to work together or implemented as stand-alone systems to help meet educational goals and requirements. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at sungardk12.com.

About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies, with annual revenue of about $2.8 billion. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, education, and the public sector. SunGard serves approximately 16,000 customers in more than 70 countries and has more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com.

About the Delaware Department of Education
Delaware’s Department of Education is committed to promoting the highest quality education for every Delaware student by providing visionary leadership and superior service. For more information, please visit www.doe.k12.de.us.

Trademark Info:
SunGard, the SunGard logo, eSchoolPLUS, IEPPLUS, PerformancePLUS, and PLUS 360 are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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