New York City DOE Contracts with IBM for Student Data Management System


3/6/2007—The New York City Department of Education has signed IBM to develop and deploy a new data management system for New York City Schools, which serves some 1.1 million students and employs more than 90,000 teachers. The system will be designed to measure student performance and progress in real time and provide that information to educators and parents.

The new Achievement Reporting and Innovation System (ARIS) to be developed by IBM is part of New York's Accountability Initiative. According to the terms of the five-year, $80 million deal with NYC DOE, IBM will deliver software, hardware, consulting, and technology services around the system, which will track students' academic achievements ad report data to parents and educators. The aim, according to the NCY DOE, is to allow parents and teacher to adjust curricula to meet individual student needs.

Said Joel Klein, chancellor of NYC Schools, "ARIS will give the teachers, the principals, and the parents of New York City the critical tools they need to really understand what students know—and don’t know. Armed with this information, our educators will be able to tailor instruction to their students' needs and parents will be able to get involved in their children's education like never before."

The first phase of implementation is scheduled to be completed in September, at which point administrators and educators will have access to student data. Beginning in the fall semester, parents will begin receiving ARIS reports on their students. NYC DOE expects to have the second phase completed in September 2008, at which point parents will have online access to the system. There are approximately 800,000 parents with students in New York City Schools.

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