Northwest ISD embraces innovative geo-visual analytic software

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The innovative team at Northwest ISD (NISD) is leading the way in Texas by adding new geo-visual technology to their set of district analytic tools. GuideK12 is thrilled that NISD leadership selected GuideK12 to save them time and support data-driven decisions to enable their rapidly evolving planning needs. The GuideK12 platform visualizes student data on an interactive map to allow real-time analysis for academic needs, boundary planning, capacity analysis, and resource placement.

Meeting the needs and expectations of a community are extremely challenging for any district, regardless of its size. But with a district like NISD, averaging 1,200 new students each year, the need to be flexible, forward thinking and accurate are critical. Since 2003, the student population at NISD has nearly tripled, spanning from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro area, extending through the sprawling suburbs of the city. GuideK12 has a unique capability, allowing district users to interact with the district map, select specific areas and run queries, providing insight that may have not been apparent before. Decisions become more effective, efficient and transparent.

Dr. Edward Chevallier, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction comments, “We are excited to implement GuideK12. The dynamic nature of the software will help us streamline the planning processes for everything from academic needs, facilities, boundaries to looking at wireless access points throughout the district for the next phase of our 1:1 program.” Dr. Chevallier continues, “Being able to query on our student data will allow faster, more effective decisions on aligning resources with the needs in the district and better anticipate future needs to help us serve our community.”

“It is a pleasure to support the forward thinking educators and administrators at Northwest ISD. Districts have a tremendous amount of data, but don’t always have a meaningful way to look at it, or further still, put it to use. Geo-visual technology changes how data is absorbed, understood and used to impact important decisions,” states Chuck Amos, GuideK12 CEO. “When a community is growing this fast, the need for a solution like GuideK12 to address an ever-changing student dynamic is extremely high. We look forward to supporting them through this epic growth period and beyond. The ability to customize layers of data over a district map can be invaluable for referendum planning, emergency preparedness or even mapping magnet offerings.”

“Major corporations are continually moving into the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which has created a huge demand for new housing developments and communities, translating into a continually growing and changing student body within NISD. The need for a solution like GuideK12, could not be more relevant for today, and handling challenges that are yet to come,” comments Chevallier. He continues, “The ability to understand the evolving needs of this diverse and expanding community while also anticipating future needs is paramount to ensure NISD continues to serve its students and community as best as possible. Having real-time data is critical because of the speed at which our dynamics change, and the ability to analyze new student data on a daily basis is so beneficial.” For more information on NISD, please visit them online at: www.nisdtx.org

About GuideK12:

Based in Eagan, MN, GuideK12LLC is a geovisual analytics software company, which enables education decision makers to instantly explore and analyze school district data by adding a geographic and visual dimension to their student and community information. By visualizing information spatially, decisions on everything from boundary analysis, to policy changes to resource planning and forecasting enrollments can be more insightful and faster. Named one of SIIA’s 2012 10 most innovative education technology products, GuideK12 serves large metro, suburban and rural school districts throughout the United Sates. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information about GuideK12, www.GuideK12.com