DataDirect’s drivers resolved the load errors and delays. The drivers enable successful extract, transform, and load (ETL) processing for the nightly database pulls from the districts. And the whole process worked 20% faster than it had in comparison to the earlier, less frequent cycle of loading. The gain in performance helped the ADE avoid an investment in additional processing capacity. A reduction in errors during ETL also translated into more efficient management of the entire system. People did not have to spend time and resources redoing data pulls and troubleshooting load errors. The ADE also received recognition by the Data Quality Campaign for meeting nine of the critical action items and ten critical elements in its educational information systems.
The decision to increase the data pulls and speed up data availability to the districts is part of a broader drive for greater data transparency and data-driven decision making. The data “flashlight” has been lit, but the plan is to make it shine even brighter. The ADE wants to make more detailed educational data to stakeholders and a growing number of external entities that partner in education. The ADE system manages reporting to the Federal government, for example.
As new programs become available to the ADE, the agency wants to have the ability to produce data that can readily qualify districts for funding and then provide accountability once the programs are in place.
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