Enterprise Resource Planning: A Business Concept Making Inroads in Education

I'm overwhelmed by trying to piece together all the information I'm supposed to track and report. How are other educators tackling this massive task?

School districts across the country are adopting an approach to management that comes straight out of the business world. Called Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP, this approach to running a district integrates all facets of its management using suites of software applications capable of tracking everything from instruction and assessment to financial and human resources.

The idea is to provide administrators with 'the big picture,' so they can track the impact of things such as financial investments and personnel practices on student learning, in additional to making the more traditional correlation between instruction and student performance.

While not necessarily an inexpensive solution, the reporting requirements of No Child Left Behind make the ERP approach an attractive option to many administrators.

Submitted by: Susan Brooks-Young

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