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Examples - How are School Districts using Pulse?



The following examples outline how The District Pulse is used by school districts to deliver management information to managers and end users.  Each of these examples has been developed specifically for school districts based on the defined needs of those districts.


Home Page.  Pulse provides a unique home page for each user.  The home page provides an interactive "pulse" of the operational responsibilities of that user.  Detailed information models that drill into more detail on each summary display are provided for in-depth reviews of information.  As an example, the home page for a superintendent would reflect the pulse of the entire school district.  The home page for a principal would reflect the pulse of the school.


Assessment.  Pulse provides an excellent platform for student assessment.  In the example below, test results for students from across a school district are being evaluated.  This model supports assessment reviews across multiple years, teacher evaluation based on student progress, individual student performance across test categories by year, building analysis based on student results and much more.  Pulse may support any type of assessment, across any number of schools, students, teachers and years.



Finance. In this example, Pulse is displaying management information for superintendent or finance director review.  Reading the districtís financial system, the 10 largest Purchase Orders, Requisitions, Invoices and Vendors are being displayed based on activity over the last five business days.  The display is constantly changing based on ongoing financial activity.  Drilling is then supported for detail and graphical display of this data.


Cash ManagementIn this example, a school district is tracking daily cash flow, activity and the resulting cash balance on a daily, monthly and annual basis.  Cash activity from all funds, buildings and departments are being combined into a single chart in this example.  This chart is dynamically extended each business day.


Attendance In this example, student attendance for a school or school district is being tracked at multiple levels (by district, school, teacher, grade, gender, ethnicity and NCLB categories) on both a count and percentage basis.  Virtually any type of attendance analysis may be performed by Pulse.



Multiple Dimension Analysis.  In this example, Pulse is combining data from three different applications into a single analysis.  These systems include teacher attendance data from a substitute tracking system, related student data from a student management system and test scores from a student assessment system.  The combined data is being analyzed to compare teacher absenteeism to student assessment results.  In this example, it can be determined that teacher absenteeism is a strong predictor of student assessment results.


Phone Analysis.  Pulse may used for any type of data analysis project.  In this example, Pulse is displaying an analysis table using data captured from a voice-over-ip phone switch.  Millions of data records are being reviewed to provide managers with sub-second access to this management information.  Data analyzed include call quality, calls by extension, long distance calls, call duration and much more.




The District Pulse will simply change the way a school district does business.  It provides mangers with the information that is needed to effectively manage.

 Key to The District Pulse Design:

  • Any type of data source may be supported, including databases, flat files and even Excel  spreadsheets.

  • Because of the technological innovations employed by Pulse, response times are always sub-second, even when millions of data records are being consolidated for online review.

  • Pulse displays may combine data from any number of supporting application systems. 

  • Pulse is designed so that implementation is simple and support requirements are kept to a minimum.

  •  Pulse is designed to be implemented at very moderate costs in terms of both money and human resources.

  • Pulse is a .NET application and fully Active Directory compliant.  Security is role based to each specific user.

  • Pulse incorporates extensive dashboard features into its management design.  These features include form downloads, interactive linking to other systems, specialized searches, organization announcements and much more.

  • Pulse may be used to generate data exports to other applications used by a district, or for submitting data to governing entities such as for state or federal reporting.

  • Pulse maintains historical data for each computed element of information.  This historical data is constantly available and is used for trending and other management displays.  For example, if Pulse is asked to compute the percentage of absent students by ethnicity and gender for each school, this data will be maintained as daily history for an unlimited period of time.  As such, key management data is maintained that is simply not available in traditional application systems.

  • Pulse provides drilling to the lowest level of data maintained for all data elements.

  • Pulse provides dynamic export of data to flat files, Excel and Word.


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Pulse provides enhanced information delivery.  Data is summarized into key viewing categories and enhanced with advanced graphical displays.














Pulse is designed to support data analysis from any application used by a school district, including but not limited to financial, payroll/hr, assessment, student, transportation, lunch, library systems.  Any type of data source may be integrated into the Pulse information delivery design.











Tracking the daily change of information is the primary task of Pulse.  For efficient management, viewing how trends and balances change over time is key to control and efficient management of resources.  Pulse is used to provide managers the information that they need to make informed management decisions.







By organizing data into information, Pulse allows managers to determine not only the status of key performance criteria at a point in time, but also the influences that contribute to change that information.  The "why" of trends and information change is a strong tool to manage change.










There are no data boundaries in Pulse.  Data from any number of systems are naturally combined into management  viewing panels.







Pulse always provides sub-second response times to support management use, even when literally millions of data records are combined for summarized viewing.