New Mexico District Implements Geo-visual Analytic Software

Farmington Municipal Schools has adopted GuideK12, a web-based, geovisual analytic software solution to support the district’s current and future planning needs.

Farmington Schools Central office had relied on a single computer and single user to access geographical data within the district. GuideK12 was implemented to provide faster access to these data. Farmington Municipal schools serve 10,800 students with a wide range of needs, covering a large geographic area, causing additional planning challenges.

“There are a lot of things you can do in a Student Information System (SIS) to analyze information, but extracting data and visualizing it geographically is not one of them," said Assistant Superintendent of Technology, Assessment, and Accountability Robert Emerson. "Our student population is highly mobile, so the ability to select an area on a map; get instant information on those student’s needs enables immediate, data driven decisions that benefit everyone. With GuideK12, we can run multiple “What if” scenarios, read the results instantly, and have faith in the accuracy of the data.”

Farmington Schools has just completed a middle school redistricting process, and the resulting movement of students is presenting challenges for principals in anticipating the needs of their student population for the upcoming school year. In the past, Farmington principals have had to wait for reports and data to come from the district office. With this new system, each will have access to the information they need when they need it.

“This was the quickest turn around we have seen to date in Farmington, from the moment we learned of this solution to implementation was only 8 weeks , truly a no-brainer for us,” said Emerson.