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09

NOV 2017

FocalPointK12 partners with Clever to broaden integration options for K12 Districts

By: admin | Tags: Clever, K12 districts, Personalized Learning, Next Generation Assessments, LMS

Norcross, GEORGIA -- Partnership enables school districts using Clever to share roster information & student data with the FocalPointK12 software.

FocalPointK12, an education technology company based in Norcross, GA recently agreed to a collaborative relationship with Clever to broaden options for school districts wishing to use Clever to provide roster and student data into FocalPointK12's personalized learning and student performance management solutions. School districts nation-wide are taking advantage of the Clever platform as a means to share district information to software companies. Kiran Athota, president and co-founder of FocalPointK12 says, "The DNA of our firm is rooted in offering integrated solutions to districts by increasing interoperability and making disparate systems work seamlessly across vendors. As school districts focus on initiatives to personalize learning and use technology as a means to improve student achievement, partnering with Clever was an easy decision based on the number of districts using Clever and the high quality solution and customer service they provide. Knowing that our partnership will make the onboarding and integration of our platform a seamless experience is a win-win for everyone." FocalPointK12 went through the Clever Certification process over the summer and is now an approved vendor. "Clever is thrilled to partner with FocalPointK12 to provide personalized learning solutions to students," says Ben Adida, VP of Engineering. "FocalPointK12 and Clever together work to streamline the management and integration process to ensure teachers spend time focused on their students' success and not software setup."

About Clever
Clever was founded in 2012 by educators and technologists who knew that widely available educational apps could improve both teaching and learning, but that tools to deploy and secure the applications were simply unavailable. Today, half of K-12 schools in the U.S. trust Clever to secure their student data as they adopt learning apps in the classroom. In 2014, Clever won the 'Crystal Clear' award by the Digital Innovation Learning Awards. It is also the trusted provider of the American Federation of Teachers, who uses Clever to secure its own 'Share my Lesson' platform with its teacher members. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Partners, Peter Thiel's Founders Fund, and GSV Capital, Clever currently has 100 employees and is based in San Francisco, California. For more information visit www.clever.com.

About FocalPoint
The metro Atlanta based company has extensive experience in the K12 education technology space as the co-founders have successfully deployed statewide solutions across the states of Georgia, Rhode Island, and Maine. In the spring of 2016, FocalPointK12 made available for the first time a bundled suite of products that make up a Personalized Learning Management System. The bundles include 1) A Data Warehouse/Dashboard tool with single-sign-on (SSO) capability, ad hoc reporting, and an early warning indicator system, 2) A next generation online assessment platform that supports the best of class item banks 3) A Digital Content Library that allows teachers to create, share, and tag their own resources while having access to over 50,000 open education resources, and 4) A learning management system with a recommendations engine that serves up personalized resources according to student data while also providing educators with virtual collaboration spaces that support Professional Learning Communities and Professional Development.

Using xAPI, Learning Records Store (LRS) technology, and relevancy algorithms, FocalPointK12 is able to deliver advanced learning analytics that drive student engagement, match digital resources with targeted student needs, and support learning that is personalized and data-driven.

The 4 modules can be acquired individually or bundled in any combination while also providing districts with the option of using the tools as 'plugins' that work inside learning management systems such as Canvas and Schoology. Email FocalPointK12 at info@focalpointk12.com or visit www.focalpointk12.com to learn more.

06

SEP 2017

FocalPointK12 partners with Arizona State University (ASU)

By: admin | Tags: Learning Analytics, ASU, educationtechnology, blendedlearning, learningmanagementsystems, datawarehouse, openeducationresources, learningrecordsstore, datamanagement, assessmentplatform, professionallearningcommunities, visiblelearning, learntothrive

Norcross, GEORGIA -- FocalPointK12 partners with ASU Prep Digital providing learning analytics and a bundled set of digital tools fully integrated into the Canvas Learning Management System.

Arizona State University's integrated online high school, ASU Prep Digital, agreed to an innovative partnership with FocalPointK12 based on a shared philosophy to reinvent the American education system by focusing on academic rigor, innovation and personalized student instruction. The FocalPointK12 system uses adaptive algorithms to prioritize personalized learning and educational goal setting, and offers a comprehensive program that empowers technology integration, STEM initiatives, and opportunities for students to work at their own pace, while awarding credit at both high school and college levels. This new model will fully integrate high school with university credit, laying the foundation for a more successful college experience.

FocalPointK12's software package includes a learning record store (LRS), which provides ASU Prep Digital’s teachers and Success Coaches with deep analytics and insights that capture the effectiveness, usage, and efficacy of student learning. It will highlight the impact technological and academic applications have in improving student outcomes and soft skills. This will help ASU Prep Digital deliver an application that allows students to set and monitor their own goals, and provides teachers and dedicated Success Coaches with the tools needed for timely feedback, coaching, and support. FocalPointK12 also embeds a next-generation online assessment engine, data dashboards with standards mastery and item analysis reports, and a digital content library with open educational resources (OERs) and licensed curriculum and content enabled with the Experience API (xAPI). This facilitates easy access and provides content to teachers and students according to their individual and classroom needs.

Dr. Nathan Buhl, Chief Academic Officer for FocalPointK12 said, "School systems are hungry for digital tools that aren't one-size-fits-all but instead are able to seamlessly co-exist with technologies organizations have already adopted and are comfortable using. Our team is uniquely positioned to connect disparate systems and organize technology in a way that best meets the needs of their stakeholders, giving them what they need while at the same time delivering blended learning products that are user-friendly and lighten the burden on teachers. As the nation’s most innovative school, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings, ASU is leading the way to deliver truly personalized learning experiences, preparing students for success in college and career. FocalPointK12 is excited to be partnering with ASU Prep Digital in providing the digital technology architecture and integrated solutions to support ASU’s vision."

FocalPointK12 has been working with Julie Young, CEO of ASU Prep Digital, and her team since May of 2017. Mrs. Young said, "Bringing FocalPointK12 into our technology blueprint will allow students and instructional staff to make more informed decisions about teaching and learning. Great software solutions help us see patterns that would be difficult to observe otherwise, and we are excited to work with FocalPointk12 to create optimal learning environments for our students."

About FocalPointk12, Inc.
The Atlanta based company has extensive experience in the K12 education technology space, as the co-founders have successfully deployed statewide solutions across the states of Georgia, Rhode Island, and Maine. In the spring of 2016, FocalPointK12 made available for the first time a bundled suite of products that make up a Personalized Learning Platform. The bundles include 1) A Data Warehouse/Dashboard tool with single-sign-on (SSO) capability, ad hoc reporting, and an early warning indicator system, 2) A next generation online assessment platform that supports the best of class item banks including KDS: Inspect, Measured Progress, and Certica Solutions, 3) A Digital Content Library that allows teachers to create, share, and tag their own resources while having access to over 50,000 open education resources, and 4) A learning management system with a recommendations engine that serves up personalized resources according to student data while also providing educators with virtual collaboration spaces that support Professional Learning Communities and Professional Development.

The 4 modules can be acquired individually or bundled in any combination while also providing districts with the option of using the tools as 'plugins' that work inside learning management systems such as Canvas and Schoology. Email FocalPointK12 at info@focalpointk12.com or visit www.focalpointk12.com to learn more.

About ASU Prep Digital
ASU Prep Digital is Arizona State University’s global online high school program that gives students a head start toward college. It offers rigorous one-on-one instruction, concurrent college credit and custom student learning paths in a virtual environment. ASU Prep Digital leverages Arizona State University’s research along with industry-leading tools to provide an innovative college-prep program designed to help students be successful in graduating from a university and beyond. The mission is to provide premium environments for learning, helping all students become innovative leaders and problem solvers who are prepared for success in college and their preferred careers. For more information visit asuprepdigital.org.

25

AUG 2017

FocalPointK12 continues to provide statewide Instructional Improvement System (IIS) with PARCC reporting to Rhode Island Department of Education

By: Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) | Tags: IIS, PARCC Reporting, RIDE, OER, LMS, Professional Learning Communities, Early Warning, Learning Analytics, Data Warehouse, Learning Management System

Norcross, GEORGIA -- FocalPointK12’s strong partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) continues.

FocalPointK12's strong partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) continues as the metro Atlanta-based firm rolls out 2016-2017 PARCC assessment results available to the public and for educators inside of RIDE's Instructional Improvement System (IIS). The IIS, powered by FocalPointK12 delivers a series of interactive, drillable dashboard reports that provide historical and operational perspectives of district, school, classroom, and student information. These dynamic, color-coded visualizations allow educators to easily identify problem areas, and provide ‘quick-click’ drilling to view more detailed, actionable information that can then be used to inform instruction and improve outcomes for students. These dashboards are role-based providing secure access to only the information that the user has "an educational need to know".

Michael Ferry, RIDE's Director of the Office of Data, Analysis & Research says, "As our department continues to work to make data more accessible, transparent, and user-friendly to Rhode Island educators, students, and families, we have found FocalPointK12 to be a reliable partner that consistently meets deadlines and delivers a quality product". Kiran Athota, president and co-founder of FocalPointK12 says, "The strong collaborative relationship between FocalPointK12 and the Rhode Island Department of Education has opened doors for us to not just simply report assessment results, but also provide integrated learning technology solutions inside of the IIS such as the Communities Platform for professional development and professional learning communities, an open education resource (OER) content library known as the ContentCloud, and an Early Warning Indicator System with Ad Hoc Reporting."

About FocalPointk12, Inc.
The Atlanta-based company has extensive experience in the K12 education technology space as the co-founders have successfully deployed statewide solutions across the states of Georgia, Rhode Island, and Maine. In the spring of 2016, FocalPointK12 made available for the first time a bundled suite of products that make up a Personalized Learning Platform. The bundles include 1) A Data Warehouse/Dashboard tool with single-sign-on (SSO) capability, ad hoc reporting, and an early warning indicator system, 2) A next generation online assessment platform that supports the best of class item banks including KDS: Inspect, Measured Progress, and Certica Solutions, 3) A Digital Content Library that allows teachers to create, share, and tag their own resources while having access to over 50,000 open education resources, and 4) A learning management system with a recommendations engine that serves up personalized resources according to student data while also providing educators with virtual collaboration spaces that support Professional Learning Communities and Professional Development.

Using xAPI, Learning Record Store (LRS) technology, and relevancy algorithms, FocalPointK12 is able to deliver advanced learning analytics that drive student engagement, match digital resources with targeted student needs, and support learning that is personalized and data-driven.

The 4 modules can be acquired individually or bundled in any combination while also providing districts with the option of using the tools as 'plugins' that work inside learning management systems such as Canvas and Schoology. Email FocalPointK12 at info@focalpointk12.com or visit www.focalpointk12.com to learn more.

01

SEP 2016

Fall Assessment Workshops : Monday, October 31 – Friday, November 4

By: Maine Department of Education | Tags: Workshops, Assessment, MAARS

MAINE -- Maine Assessment & Accountability Reporting System (MAARS)

The morning session will be hosted by the Maine DOE and FocalPointK12 and focus on all of Maine's state assessments and the new reporting portal, entitled "Maine Assessment & Accountability Reporting System" (MAARS). Assessments in the new reporting portal will include: MEA Mathematics & ELA/Literacy, grades 3-8 (eMPower™ME) and high school (SAT); MEA Alternate Mathematics & ELA/Literacy (MSAA) and Science (PAAP) MEA Science grades 5/8/HS; and ACCESS for ELLs.

Read more on Workshops at Maine DOE News Room

09

JUN 2016

Estimated release dates of 2015-16 assessment data

By: Maine Department of Education | Tags: Assessment , MAARS, Participation

MAINE -- The Maine Department of Education is negotiating a contract with vendor FocalPointK12 to deliver the 2015-16 assessment results via an online reporting system. The Maine Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS) is expected to be launched in the coming months and will provide both public and confidential access to data, replacing Measured Progress’ iServices portal.

To keep educators and the public informed, the Department has developed an expected timeline of release for the various assessments conducted during the 2015-16 school year. Although the timing for much of the data is later than desired, it is anticipated that the 2016-17 data will be released much earlier since Maine’s assessment and reporting systems will not undergo major changes in 2016-17.

Read more at Maine DOE News Room

06

MAY 2016

FocalPointK12 Releases Next Generation LMS with a Focus on Engagement, Relevancy, Feedback, & Visible Learning.

By: admin | Tags: LMS, Student Engagement, Visible Learning

ATLANTA -- Adding to their current suite of solutions, FocalPointK12’s Personalized Learning Platform is heavy on student engagement, communicating standards, feedback, & self-directed learning.

Leveraging the research from Professor John Hattie’s groundbreaking study, Visible Learning (2009), FocalPointK12 was deliberate in designing a Personalized Learning Platform that empowers students and teachers to engage in those activities and strategies most impactful to improving student outcomes. Students taking ownership of their learning, receiving timely formative feedback prior to summative tests (“assessment for learning, assessment of learning”), and clearly communicating learning targets are a few of the highly impactful practices that the FocalPointK12 LMS enables.

Kiran Athota, Co-founder of FocalPointK12 says, “The research is out there and our educational leaders understand what needs to be done. The Learning Management System extension to our platform engages students while providing endless opportunities for educators to reach 21st Century Learners using strategies rooted in research.”

FocalPointK12 recognizes how imperative it is to provide blended learning tools that meet the needs of “Digital Natives”. Nathan Buhl, an education consultant with FocalPointK12 says, “Students need to know where they are in the learning process, what is expected of them, and what steps are necessary to lead them towards mastery. What excites me about the FocalPointK12 LMS is that it provides opportunities for educators to provide timely feedback while consistently communicating expectations to students using technology as a medium which is something students are very comfortable using.”

The newly released FocalPointK12 Personalized Learning Platform, available to districts for the 2016-2017 school year brings comprehensive and corroborated data right into the hands of students, parents, and teachers while allowing students to quickly access relevant digital resources that align to specific areas of need. The online assessment interface focuses on the learning process as the LMS creates virtual spaces where targeted resources, study guides, discussion boards, and test preparation documents are easily accessible to students.

Additional features included in FocalPointK12’s Next Generation LMS include:

  • Teacher to student feedback at the question level
  • Goal Setting & self-reported grading
  • Performance Based Assessments/Assignments
  • Student Badging System with automated push notifications
  • Learner Profiles with analytics/insights
  • Sentiment Analysis with emoticons to track student perceptions
  • Resource Analytics with recommendations according to interests/needs
  • Administrator, Teacher, Student personalized pages with options to customize
  • Student Learning Style preferences with reporting tools for teachers

About FocalPointk12
FocalPointK12 enables a scientific approach to improving academic performance for about the cost of a Starbucks® per student per semester. Headquartered just outside of Atlanta in Norcross, Georgia, the company delivers to states and districts a next generation personalized learning platform that provides solutions across the lifecycle of instruction and learning, from analytical dashboards that inform instruction and learning; a platform to deliver standards-based resources and content to aid instruction and learning; and an assessment solution to measure instruction and learning. These solutions are totally integrated, and reach all participants in the learning cycle, including the classroom teacher, the school & district administrator, the student, and the parent.

To learn more about FocalPointK12, visit www.focalpointk12.com or email info@focalpointk12.com

01

APR 2016

Move over Batman and Superman! FocalPointK12 touts educators as true Super Heroes at the ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show in Atlanta, GA

By: admin | Tags: ASCD, Conference, Super Heroes

ATLANTA -- FocalPointK12 brings to the ASCD Conference an “Educators are our Super Heroes” theme with fun drawings and prizes including an Apple Watch giveaway, Starbucks Cards, and mini-workshops on research-based practices for conference attendees.

So for all you Marvel comic fans heading out to see Batman and Superman in the new film out in the box office, FocalPointK12 brings some perspective to the term "Super Hero". Nathan Buhl, an education consultant with FocalPointK12 says, "By far, the teachers and administrators working in our public schools are the true heroes. In addition to the time, training, and pedagogical expertise necessary to be successful in a classroom, teachers in the 21st Century must be flexible, adaptable, patient, tenacious, compassionate, nurturing, and of course, professional—All of the time!"

Since this is the time school districts across the nation recognize teachers and administrators with teacher appreciation weeks and programs, FocalPointK12 thought that the “Educators are our Super Heroes” would be a perfect theme to be used at the ASCD Conference & Exhibit Show. The event, scheduled this weekend (April 2-4) will host thousands of administrators and teachers from across the nation with keynote speakers, workshops, and programs with a focus on research based strategies and best practices in K12 public education.

Asking the question, “What’s your Kryptonite?” (#WhatsYourKryptonite), the team at FocalPointK12 hopes to bring to the conversation the numerous barriers, challenges, and obstacles that educators face in today’s schools. Kiran Athota, president and co-founder of FocalPointK12 says, “21st Century Learning & Teaching requires courageous leadership, innovative thinking, and cutting edge technology to insure that our students are globally competitive and prepared. More than ever, our teachers and administrators need 21st Century tools and resources to support them in their work.”

FocalPointK12 enables a scientific approach to improving student performance for about the cost of a Starbucks per student per semester. The software has four solutions that work cohesively together empowering data-driven instruction, collaboration, and personalized learning. The user-friendly and intuitive interface makes it a transformational resource for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Conference attendees will be offered exclusively discounted pricing this spring and are encouraged to register for a webinar if interested.

Conference attendees are encouraged to follow @FocalPointK12 on Twitter throughout the conference for updates and prize information but to be careful—there just might be some Kryptonite hiding out around booth #1350! There will be multiple ways to earn a ticket for the Apple Watch and Starbucks Card giveaways including sending out a tweet, registering for a 30-minute webinar to learn about FocalPointK12, or attending one of our mini-workshops. Be sure to drop by the booth to learn more.

To learn more about FocalPointK12, go to www.focalpointk12.com or email info@focalpointk12.com

30

MAR 2016

FocalPointK12 acquires partnership with PLC consultant, author, Daniel R. Venables & Center of Authentic PLC

By: admin | Tags: PLC, Virtual, Communities

ATLANTA -- FocalPointK12's Communities Platform, which enables virtual teacher collaboration, professional learning, and sharing data/resources, will be utilized to support Mr. Venables' Grapple Institutes offered to districts across the nation.

FocalPointK12, an innovative educational technology company headquartered just outside of Atlanta, GA agreed to terms with Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) consultant and author, Daniel R. Venables. Mr. Venables, founding director of the Center for Authentic PLCs, offers 3-day workshops to schools and districts nationwide who are committed to using data-driven instruction and teacher collaboration to impact student achievement. Daniel's most recent publication How Teachers can Turn Data into Action (ASCD, 2014) uses a practical approach to make data actionable with easy to use templates and protocols for teachers and administrators.

Greg Newcom, Chief Executive Officer of FocalPointK12, says, "We are excited to be working with Mr. Venables, a noted PLC expert, and believe that our software empowers 21st century teaching and learning through collaborative, virtual PLCs." Nathan Buhl, an education consultant with FocalPointK12, commented on the partnership stating, "Collaboration in our schools is critical and we are glad to have a set of solutions that complement the work Mr. Venables is doing on behalf of students by improving the capacity and fidelity of the PLC framework."

FocalPointK12 enables a scientific approach to improving school district performance by 1) organizing district's technology providing dynamic data dashboards to all stakeholders, 2) enabling individualized learning and differentiated instruction with a digital resource library and an assessment interface, and 3) creating and supporting virtual collaborative spaces called Communities for staff development and teacher collaboration.

Using the Communities Platform, administrators and teachers are given the autonomy to create customized virtual collaboration spaces that support learning & teaching. Job embedded professional learning is enabled as teachers share best practices, create common assessments, analyze student data, and plan for instruction, all while leveraging the training modules, discussion boards, polling, and document sharing capabilities.

For the start of the 2016-2017 school year, FocalPointK12 will be offering districts opportunities to access digital resources and content from Venables while also providing virtual coaching/consultation using the Communities Platform. A variety of price offerings, bundled discounts, and pilots are available to districts and schools interested in using the software and Venables services.

To learn more about FocalPointK12, go to www.focalpointk12.com or email info@focalpointk12.com

To learn more about Daniel R. Venables and Authentic PLCs, LLC, go to www.authenticplcs.com

17

NOV 2015

FocalPointK12 delivers PARCC reporting to Rhode Island Department of Education

By: admin | Tags: PARCC, Assessment, Reporting

ATLANTA -- FocalPointK12 IIS platform delivers PARCC reporting to Rhode Island Department of Education.

The Instructional Improvement System (IIS) platform delivers a series of interactive, drillable dashboard reports that provide historical and operational perspectives of district, school, classroom, and student information. The dashboards provide dynamic, color-coded visualizations to enable quick identification of problem areas, and provide "quick-click" drilling to view more detailed, actionable information. The dashboards are role-based, and provide secure access to only the information that the user has "an educational need to know."

"This joint effort between FocalPointK12 and the Rhode Island Department of Education has put FocalPointK12 squarely in the forefront of the PARCC reporting landscape, making us the leading provider of reporting solutions for states' PARCC data," said Kiran Athota, co-founder and president at FocalPointK12, Inc. “Our continued commitment to partnering with the Rhode Island Department of Education has helped us refine our visualizations to create elegantly simple user experiences that make complex data intuitive and actionable."

"FocalPointK12 delivered an outstanding solution to our needs for PARCC reporting." said Michael Ferry, Director, Data Analysis and Research, Rhode Island Department of Education. "With FocalPointK12, you just imagine the possibilities."
Rhode Island Public Reporting link: https://iss.ride.ri.gov/AssessmentResults

FocalPointK12 offers disruptive innovative software for the K-12 market, focused on analytical dashboards that inform instruction and learning; a collaborative and adaptive social learning platform to deliver standards-based resources and content to aid instruction and learning; and an assessment solution to measure instruction and learning. These solutions are fully integrated, and reach all participants in the learning community, including the classroom teacher, the school and district administrator, the student, and the parent.

The FocalPointK12 Lens™ platform – provides 'the lens to teaching and learning'™ – delivering a scientific approach to improve school district academic performance by enabling individual learning plans for every student.

Details on the Lens platform can be found by visiting:

http://www.focalpointk12.com/products#platform1

Contact

Kiran Athota

Email: info@focalpointk12.com

14

APR 2015

FocalPointK12 offers Free Practice Tests for Schools

By: admin | Tags: Assessment, Tests, Performance

ATLANTA -- FocalPointK12 is offering K12 schools and districts the opportunity to try the Next Generation Assessment software (AssessCloudTM) for the rest of 2015 fiscal year at no cost.

The free practice program includes AssessCloudTM software to practice for End of Year Tests in classrooms, or kick-start a new practice program. Unlike other practice programs, FocalPointK12 will include unlimited usage software licenses as well on-demand cloud hosting. With the on-demand hosting, schools can be up and running with an assessment system in a matter of minutes. The provisioning of users occurs through a simple one-time token-based invitation process.

"Schools and districts are often hesitant to try an assessment system due to the perceived expense and an expectation that assessment software is difficult to manage and operate,” said FocalPointK12 President Kiran Athota. “FocalPointK12 is offering this free practice program as a way to help ease them into the platform at no cost and no risk."

FocalPointK12 offers disruptive innovative software for K-12 focused on providing Next Generation Learning. The FocalPointK12 platform provides an Assessment Solution (AssessCloudTM) and Resource Library (ContentCloudTM) platforms that are easy-to-use and are shockingly affordable. FocalPointK12 software comes with easy connectors to load and enable schools and districts with their resources and assessment items. The software also is pre-configured with more than 100,000+ high quality resources and assessment items that are aligned to standards from several top content providers, and has a fully functioning adaptive engine, which provides the best learning outcome. The platform can be accessed anywhere anytime on any device, and requires little-to-no training – a feature that is essential for student users.

FocalPointK12’s open architecture platforms – scalable to hundreds of students per server – makes it the SAAS platform of choice for small to large school and district configurations.

Details on the Pilot Program can be found by visiting: http://www.focalpointk12.net/practice or by calling FocalPointK12 at 866.377.4265

Free Practice Test link:

http://web.backpack.education/slostudentpractice

Contact

Kiran Athota

Email: info@focalpointk12.com

11

JUN 2014

Rhode Island Department of Education rollouts Instructional Support System for all districts

By: admin | Tags: IIS, Dashboard, Instructional

ATLANTA -- FocalPointK12 delivers Instructional Improvement Platform to Rhode Island Department of Education.

The Instructional Improvement System (IIS) platform delivers a series of interactive, drillable dashboard reports that provide historical and operational perspectives of district, school, classroom, and student information. The dashboards provide dynamic, color-coded visualizations to enable quick identification of problem areas, and provide "quick-click" drilling to view more detailed, actionable information. The dashboards are role-based, and provide secure access to only the information that the user has "an educational need to know."

FocalPointK12 assisted Rhode Island Department Education (RIDE) with the integration and implementation of a number of components of the Georgia SLDS solution. These components aligned incredibly well with RIDE's requirements for its Instructional Support System (ISS). RIDE met the goals and objectives of the Race to the Top grant and realized substantial savings by utilizing Georgia’s "nationally envied longitudinal-data system". FocalPointK12's team, who were the architects of the Georgia "tunnel" and SLDS solution, performed the installation, configuration and the deployment of the software, which was provided by the Georgia Department of Education to RIDE.

"FocalPointK12 partnership with Rhode Island Department of Education helped to build the next version of the IIS platform that is based on more open standards and web 2.0 architecture which can be packaged and delivered easily to other state agencies" said Gregory Newcom, co-founder and CEO at FocalPointK12, Inc. "The Federal Department of Education has given states over $600 million towards the development of statewide longitudinal data systems. The purpose of this was to help states build systems that would enable districts, schools, educators, and other stakeholders to make better data-informed decisions to improve student learning and outcomes. Many states are using the money provided by the federal government to build or buy longitudinal data systems, but many times teachers and school administrators are still left walking to the file room to dig through piles of paper to find data on their students. By leveraging a solution already built and successfully deployed by a state to more than 120,000 educators. This solution has been packaged, provided to another state, integrated and deployed in about 90 days! Now another state’s teachers and administrators are excited about the wealth of information at their fingertips and have the ability to make better data-informed decisions to help their students. Now another state has a sustainable solution, at a fraction of the cost and time."

"This is an awesome tool for educators and I am sure they will appreciate what we have provided for them" said Michael Ferry, Director, Data Analysis and Research, Rhode Island Department of Education. It has been a pleasure working with FocalPointK12 team members who worked very hard and meticulously put the system up for us. The training link for the Instructional Support System can be found at https://isstest.ride.ri.gov/

FocalPointK12 delivers to states and districts an integrated Instructional Improvement System that provides solutions across the lifecycle of instruction and learning, from analytical dashboards that inform instruction and learning; a platform to deliver standards-based resources and content to aid instruction and learning; and an assessment solution to measure instruction and learning. These solutions are totally integrated, and reach all participants in the learning cycle, including the classroom teacher, the school & district administrator, the student, and the parent.

Details on the Instructinal Improvement platform can be found by visiting:

http://www.focalpointk12.com/solutions

Contact

Gregory Newcom

Email: info@focalpointk12.com