Louisiana Recovery School District's Software Matches Students to Top School Choice

Acumen Solutions today announced the implementation of the Louisiana Recovery School District's (RSD) OneApp enrollment initiative leveraging the SchoolForce™ platform. SchoolForce is a cloud-based student performance management and instructional improvement application that seeks to improve student outcomes through better data management and sharing.

To meet the needs of the RSD, Acumen Solutions developed an enrollment technology solution to collect and store student application data, enabling the RSD to centralize student enrollment and provide parents with a system for choosing the right school for each student.

SchoolForce, a software-as-a-service solution that automates the full life-cycle of school operations and ties data together in an open platform, allows parents, teachers, and administrators to make informed decisions based on individual and school-wide performance trends.

"Reformers have suggested a wide range of strategies for improving student performance, and school choice is an excellent means to promote excellence in education through competition," explained Marty Young of Acumen Solutions Public Sector Education team. "In New Orleans, parents have long complained about the disparate processes to enroll children in the city's schools. We are proud to work with RSD to create a solution that provides equitable access for all families to the schools of their choice."

With Acumen Solutions' support to design and launch the OneApp student application technology solution, the Recovery School District was able to deliver on an important commitment to the greater New Orleans community -- making it easier for families to enroll their children in their public school of choice. Early reports indicate that the project was well received by RSD families and that approximately 84 percent of entering kindergarten and rising ninth grade applicants were matched to one of their top three school choices. In non-transition grades, 76.4 percent of students were matched to one of their top three choices.

The OneApp enrollment solution is available to all districts interested in enabling public school choice.

Administered by the Louisiana Department of Education, the RSD is a special school district created to take underperforming schools and transform them into successful places for children to learn.

SchoolForce is a cloud-based student information and performance management solution. Its integrated, cross-functional analytics empower teachers and administrators to drive data-driven improvements in student outcomes. Its features include: comprehensive student record management, meals, attendance, behavior, homework, assessments, standards-based gradebook and portal modules.