SAS to help Connecticut analyze student assessment data, improve K-12 performance
CT DOE aims to improve graduation rates, schooling effectiveness, strengthen work force
CARY, NC (Jul. 14, 2010) – The Connecticut State Department of Education will use SAS® to integrate, analyze and report on student assessment data, including school accountability data, with the goal of identifying factors important to student success.
The Division of Assessment, Research and Technology and Bureau of Grants Management of the Connecticut DOE chose SAS Enterprise BI Server, SAS Enterprise Data Integration Server and advanced SAS Analytics to gain a deeper understanding of student assessment data for the state's public school districts.
"SAS software, plus the vast experience SAS brings to the K-12 arena, will help Connecticut better educate its students, enhance schooling effectiveness and build a more productive 21st-century work force," said Dr. Robert J. Lucco, Chief, Connecticut State Department of Education Bureau of Student Assessment.
SAS software for K-12 will help the agency analyze and use student assessment data, including the application of student growth models, to assist schools and districts in several areas. The state DOE will use SAS tools to explore ways of improving student test scores and graduation rates, better prepare students for college and the work force, recruit and retain the best teachers, and determine which programs help students reach their educational goals.
"Education administrators across the country are under immense pressure to maintain a high level of instruction in the midst of historic budget challenges," said Armistead Sapp, Senior Director, SAS Education Practice. "With SAS, Connecticut will be able to analyze data to better allocate scarce resources, understand student populations and enhance teaching."
With more than 3,000 K-12 and higher education customers in 109 countries, and education specialists on six continents, SAS serves the education industry by delivering software solutions, strategic services and academic programs that spark innovation and expand educational opportunities.
About the Connecticut State DOE
The Connecticut State Department of Education is the administrative arm of the Connecticut State Board of Education. Through leadership, curriculum, research, planning, evaluation, assessment, data analyses and other assistance, the Department helps to ensure equal opportunity and excellence in education for all Connecticut students. The Department is responsible for distributing state and federal funds to the state's public school districts. The Department also operates the Connecticut Technical High School System.
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