Connecticut to perform statewide student data analysis

The Connecticut State Department of Education helps to ensure equal opportunity in education for all Connecticut students through curriculum, research, assessment, data analyses and other assistance. Recently the DOE selected SAS® to integrate, analyze and report on student assessment data, including school accountability data, with the goal of identifying factors important to student success.

“SAS software, plus the vast experience SAS brings to the K-12 arena, will help Connecticut better educate its students, enhance schooling effectiveness and build a more productive 21st-century work force,” said Dr. Robert J. Lucco, Chief, Connecticut State Department of Education Bureau of Student Assessment.

The Division of Assessment, Research and Technology and Bureau of Grants Management of the Connecticut DOE chose SAS Enterprise BI Server, SAS Enterprise Data Integration Server and advanced SAS Analytics to gain a deeper understanding of student assessment data for the state’s public school districts.

SAS software for K-12 will help the agency analyze and use student assessment data, including the application of student growth models, to assist schools and districts in several areas. The state DOE will use SAS tools to explore ways of improving student test scores and graduation rates, better prepare students for college and the work force, recruit and retain the best teachers, and determine which programs help students reach their educational goals.

“Education administrators across the country are under immense pressure to maintain a high level of instruction in the midst of historic budget challenges,” said Armistead Sapp, Senior Director, SAS Education Practice. “With SAS, Connecticut will be able to analyze data to better allocate scarce resources, understand student populations and enhance teaching.”