Press Release

For Immediate Release

September 28, 2016

 

Contact: Don Dailey
  Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency
  (269) 250-9264
  don.dailey@kresa.org

 

The Michigan Data Hub Can Save Schools 

Time, Money and Resources

 

Kalamazoo, Michigan – Statewide, Michigan school districts have the potential to save $56 million and also have improved use of their data, according to a recent study commissioned by The Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) Data Integration Activity.  These savings are just beginning to be realized as districts understand the potential of the Michigan Data Hubs.

Comparatively, the same study finds that as a state, school districts are paying more than $160 million per year to manage data. These costs include the price of communicating between 7 or 8 different data systems typically used within each school district, in order to ensure data quality for district decision making as well as reporting data to state and federal entities.

 “The Michigan Data Hub:  A Strategic Alignment and ROI Study” notes that even with this amount of money being spent, school districts and other Michigan educational entities continue to struggle to manage and efficiently use data.  But the study also explains that the Michigan Department of Education proposed that part of the TRIG funding provided by the Michigan Legislature, be used to develop a solution.

The result was the launch of The Data Integration Activity and a “data hub” solution designed to efficiently exchange information between systems using the data standard created by the Ed-Fi Alliance. This data exchange (also known as integration) eliminates duplicate data entry, dramatically reduces costs for data management, improves data quality, and makes actionable data available to educators in a timely, convenient manner. As referenced above, the study shows that when fully implemented, this secure system can save districts more than $56 million per year.

 There are now 5 data hub hosting locations in Michigan—one in each of the TRIG regions—that house data and manage integration for the districts in its region.  As a group, these data hubs are known as The Michigan Data Hub.

Now operational, school districts are beginning to use the system, which is free of charge and completely voluntary.  The first step for districts requesting to make use of the Michigan Data Hub, is to integrate their student information system (SIS), into the hub. Currently, districts using Edupoint Synergy, MISTAR, PowerSchool, Skyward and SunGard eSchoolPlus for their SIS are eligible to participate.

Enterprise systems, like the Michigan Data Hub, represent a tremendous culture shift and can take some time to be fully adopted. As such, the $56 million in savings and the improved use of their data will begin to be made real as districts choose to entrust their data to the data hubs and use them for standardized reports as well as unique inquiries, while vendors adopt and implement the standards and as the various benefits in the system mature.

The savings come from eliminating duplicate and manual integration efforts; promoting shared tools; validating data early and often; inspiring best practices while standardizing and partially automating reporting submission processes. In addition to the dramatic cost savings, districts will also have access to dashboards and reports that provide information compiled from all of the systems used. Finally, the Michigan Data Hub will continue to improve and expand; serving as a platform that can be leveraged for statewide initiatives.

For more information about the ROI study or the Michigan Data Hub and the Data Integration Activity, visit: