Tenn. to use Oracle to track school data

Tennessee's Education Department has deployed Oracle infrastructure software to help it manage student data, settling on Oracle Database; Oracle Warehouse Builder; and components of Oracle Fusion Middleware, including Oracle Application Server, Oracle Business Intelligence Standard Edition and Oracle Portal to comply with federal and state reporting requirements.

Education Department and school district officials will be able to track student records, including attendance, assessment, enrollment and truancy information, and identify areas for improvement, company officials said.

The Oracle-based data warehouse generates five types of reports: assessment data, which includes standardized assessment grades; attendance data; exit status data, which includes enrollment, student withdrawals and graduation rates; discipline data, which includes suspensions and expulsions; and truancy data.

The software also will help the department produce its annual state report card on how schools are doing, Oracle officials said, and let school districts access data on teacher qualifications.

The state's education report card is available at here. It provides a profile of academic achievement, demographics, attendance and graduation rates statewide and for each school district and individual school.

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