SchoolBenchmarker? is an innovative school comparison tool. It allows any school in New York State to find similar schools performing at higher levels. Prism has recently updated SchoolBenchmarker? for Cornell’s New York State Center for Rural Schools.
By Chief Technology Officer, Andrew Tait, Decision Mechanics Limited Not one, but two, interesting posts from the blog Jury.me this week. One is about focusing on the user. Too many apps are developed from a technical perspective — the latest frameworks, user interface widgets, etc. Great software products come from standing in your users’ shoes […]
Budget Playground is now available on The App Store. The app allows school districts to create and modify multi-year budget scenarios in real-time
An recent article in the Cornell Chronicle features two apps designed and developed by Prism Decision Systems: SchoolBenchmarker™ and Budget Playground™. “Our overarching goal is the transformation of how statewide education data is being used by schools,” said Sean Brady, president of Prism Decision Systems LLC. “Previously, education data was used primarily for reporting. It was rarely used to support decision making.” Read on at http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/June12/SchoolTools.html
Try SchoolBenchmarker™ now and let us know if you agree with the enthusiastic user reviews we are receiving. For example: “SchoolBenchmarker™ is fantastic! In a few minutes, I can get the benchmarking information it took my district a month to get last year working on our own!” – Mark P. Mondanaro, Superintendent of Schools, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda UFSD
Prism Decision Systems, LLC has released SchoolBenchmarker™ in beta. Want to try it out? SchoolBenchmarker? helps you identify benchmark schools so that you can Set achievable academic targets based on demonstrated best-in-class performance. Discover the practices that high performing, similar schools use to achieve their best-in-class performance. We believe SchoolBenchmarker™ will be very useful to […]
Prism president Sean Brady will be Susan Arbetter’s guest on The Capitol Pressroom this Thursdsay, March 8 from 11:20 AM to 11:30 AM. Susan will be discussing an open letter from Sean and Cornell professor John Sipple to Andrew Cuomo advocating that the governor support a New York State government open data initiative. The Capitol Pressroom can be heard on public radio stations throughout upstate New York on stations including Buffalo (WBFO), Rochester (WXXI), Syracuse (WRVO), Binghamton (WSKG) & Albany (WVCR). You can also listen live or by podcast at http://www.wcny.org/capitolbureau
Prism’s web site is now responsive. Responsive web design allows your website to automatically render regardless of the device the user is using: PC, tablet or smartphone. Mobile browsing is expected to outpace desktop-based access within three to five years. Responsive web design is a single innovation that will allow you to manage current and emerging innovations in mobile browsing. Effortless for you. Elegant for your users.
Around the world, governments are opening access to public data sets and allowing the public to find, download and use machine-readable data sets generated by the government. These initiatives spur innovation and creativity, increase government accountability and transparency, reduce waste and fraud, and improve our quality of life. Yet New York State lags miserably. This open letter to Andrew Cuomo exhorts the Governor to give the public free access to machine readable New York State government data in non-proprietary formats, to convert that data into open linked standards to allow it to be easily connected to other data, and to encourage broad, innovative use of the data by providing the appropriate tools and incentives.
In a post titled Early identification getting easier ? but must come with compassion and hard work, the folks at NoDropouts.org capture the essence of CohortTracker™ and the roll it plays in promoting successful, on-time graduation.