Lubbock ISD Pilot Program Helps Shape Statewide Student Data System

The Texas Education Commissioner was in Lubbock Wednesday to announce the statewide roll-out of a new student data system.
By Michaela MacDonald
mmacdonald@klbk13.tv

LUBBOCK, TX -- Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams made a stop in Lubbock Wednesday to announce the roll-out of the "Texas Student Data System" or TSDS. Its a program to store student's data all in one place.

Williams says they choose to announce this new program in Lubbock, because Lubbock ISD was the very first district in the state to sign on to be a pilot. He credits the district with helping make the program what it is today.

"Quite frankly they helped us get through some of the bugs, and provided us advice and counsel about how to improve the system so you go back to the folks who helped you begin it," said Williams.

"Its going to allow teachers to teach, as opposed to simply going through reams of data and having to walk down the hall and ask questions of colleagues," said Williams.

"You can access their academic data, test scores, discipline data, attendance data and other general information in one dashboard setting," said Lubbock ISD Superintendent Berhl Robertson.

"It will be a great tool for the state of Texas in my opinion. I think its going to be a great thing. The look is really good and the information is event better," said Robertson.

Robertson says they started using the system at Monterey in 2011, then expanded to their other campuses the following year.

"As you see this is a tool and I've got it on my desktop. You can pull up any student to any level of detail, if its grades, if its attendance its just such a great tool for us," he said.

Williams says the program will help teachers better identify and respond to student needs.

"It will come in handy when teachers are meeting with moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas at parent teacher conferences, because at one's fingertips or at least at the desktop level will be the information of, you know, Johnny or Juan or Julio we've noticed might be at risk because he is missing way too many days of school, or they are coming way too late, or is there something going on at home because we noticed that scores have been different," said Williams.

Williams says right now the program is only for educators and counselors to access, but they will be able to share the information in parent meetings. School districts across the state will start implementation of this program in the next few months. It's expected in all districts by 2016.

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