Mobile County, Ala., Public Schools has selected IBM analytics technology to measure student performance, identify at-risk students, and adjust academic programs in real time to help it comply with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s transparency and reporting mandates, reports Information Management. In collaboration with IBM business partner DecisionEd Group, Mobile County will deliver analytics for up to 5,000 users across the school district, including central office administrators, principals, guidance counselors, and teachers. "We needed a smart system in place where we could easily access and share real-time student information and identify where we are successful, and where we are not meeting the needs of our students," said David K. Akridge, executive manager of information technology services. Customizable dashboards will help leaders gauge how well their schools are delivering education programs and monitor the entire academic lifecycle of each student, including class attendance, grades, interventions, and any special-educational requirements. A set of notifiers will alert the proper personnel once a student has crossed specific at-risk thresholds, such as absenteeism and grade levels…

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