FocalPointK12 IIS platform provides to State Educational Agencies (SEA) 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.
The tunnel is a federated identity model that encapsulates, encrypts, and accepts school district user identities without the creation of a centralized state repository of user IDs. It consists of an Identity Provider (IP) / Service Provider (SP) framework that utilizes SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) to provide a secure, seamless application-to-application authentication/authorization solution.
The dashboards are comprised of a series of interactive, drillable dashboard reports that provide historical and operational perspectives of district, school, classroom, and student information. The dashboards are designed to provide dynamic, color-coded visualizations to enable quick identification of problem areas, and provide “quick-click” drilling into these areas to view more detailed information. The dashboards are role-based, and provide secure access to only the information that the user has "an educational need to know."
The Assessment Reporting Platform provides a scoring and reporting system for RIDE’s Interim Assessments. These reports provide information on test items, standards, and performance levels disaggregated by student, classroom, teacher, school, LEA, and state levels as well as by demographic characteristics and subgroups. Highly detailed reports around item, distracter, and standards analyses are available for teachers and administrators. The system is directly integrated with RIDE’s interim assessment vendor through RESTful web services.
The Resource Library (RL) is an application that delivers aligned digital resources to teachers. The content is aligned to the Common Core Performance Standards and other standards then pushed to teachers based on course schedules. Using RL, teachers are able to personalize digital resources for students based upon the student’s performance on an assessment or by searching for aligned resources by grade, subject, and standard. Digital content is available for most subjects in grades K-12.Resources are categorized into student and teacher resources during the search phase. RL allows a teacher to search for resources aligned to a standard for student consumption or for teacher directed usage. In addition, RL provides a folders feature allowing teachers to save, assign and store, resources from year to year, school to school.
The Collaborative Analytics Platform (CAP) allows administrators to analyze a variety of performance indicators, such as assessment, attendance, growth, etc., by multiple dimensions simultaneously. CAP allows cross year performance comparisons, and cross district/school performance comparison. Additionally, CAP provides “like mine” analytics, enabling district and school users to automatically compare their performance alongside other districts/schools that are “like them” based on selected attributes/measures.CAP provides the ability to share visual results via "walls" with social networking features including: like, follow, and comment.
FocalPointK12 SLDS platform provides State Educational Agencies (SEA) with an integrated Student Longitudinal Data System. The platform was recognized in Education Week as "a nationally envied longitudinal-data system" and "one of the best longitudinal-data systems in the country". The SLDS solution provides interactive performance dashboards and a wealth of historical student data for district and school administrators and classroom teachers. FocalPointK12’s agile processes and prebuilt frameworks and connectors makes the production ready system in approximately 90 days rather than months. By leveraging open software that has already built for another state and providing subject matter experts, FocalPointK12's customers are able to have a working solution faster while saving costs. FocalPointK12 platform is built on an open industry standard data model Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) so that its customers can benefit from the value of a common platform for integration and sharing of data.