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Educational Leaders Convene at SchoolNet's EduStat Summit 2004 to Explore Data-Driven School Improvement
[June 11, 2004]

Educational Leaders Convene at SchoolNet's EduStat Summit 2004 to Explore Data-Driven School Improvement

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- June 11, 2004 -- Keynote Speeches by NYC Chancellor Joel Klein, Sandy Kress and U.S. DOE Susan Patrick Highlight Premier Educational Leadership Conference

SchoolNet, Inc., together with key educators, technologists, and visionaries who are playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of education, this week convened at the EduStat(R) 2004 Summit in New York City. Top educational leaders from across the country assembled to discuss the importance of driving school district improvement through the use of data at its inaugural EduStat Summit.

The EduStat Summit, which attracted superintendents, district chief information officers, and curriculum directors from the nation's largest school districts featured keynote addresses by Joel I. Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, Sandy Kress, principal architect of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), and Susan Patrick, Director of Educational Technology, Office of the U.S. Secretary of Education. Though unable to attend in person, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige provided a welcome message via video.

"I actually believe that data and understanding data can be transformative in understanding public education," Klein said. "If you can't measure data, you can't tell what performance is about."

The EduStat Summit also featured interactive panel discussions on topics such as curriculum alignment, data warehousing, content procurement, and parental outreach. The panelists for these sessions included Pittsburgh's Superintendent Dr. John Thompson, Chicago's Chief Information Officer Robert Runcie, and Cleveland CIO Peter Robertson, along with other top school administrators from the United States' largest school systems.

"EduStat presented a valuable opportunity for educational leaders across the country to collaborate and share what they've been doing in their own districts to drive student improvement through the use of data," said New Orleans Superintendent Anthony Amato.

EduStat engaged participants in a dialogue in which they explored and brainstormed solutions to several obstacles faced by large, urban districts in the 21st Century. The Summit also intends to connect participants after the Summit through an online forum so that the dialogue will continue when they return to their own districts.

"We are proud to host EduStat and bring together the nation's top education leaders in a collaborative forum to analyze the issue of school improvement through the use of data," said SchoolNet President and CEO Jonathan Harber. "It is only through forums like EduStat that educators can share insights and best practices to achieve the mandates of No Child Left Behind."

For more information on the EduStat Summit, please visit SchoolNet's Web site at

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SchoolNet, Inc. is the leading provider of data-driven decision-making solutions for K-12 school districts. Through software and services, SchoolNet partners with districts to increase student achievement and to meet federal, state and local accountability pressures, including those mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act. SchoolNet helps districts analyze data, organize curriculum, track instruction, measure performance, and report results. SchoolNet's technology suite, supported by consulting services and professional development, integrates data warehousing, decision support, instructional management, assessment and a secure web portal. SchoolNet's award-winning solutions, which meet industry standards such as SIF (Schools Interoperability Framework), A2A (Align to Achieve), and GEM (Gateway to Education Materials), are used successfully by some of the largest school districts across the country.

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