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.
Pulse provides a unique home page for each user. The
home page provides an interactive "pulse" of the operational
responsibilities of that user. Detailed
that drill into more detail on each summary display
are provided for in-depth reviews of information.
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
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.
In 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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