Los Angeles launches consolidated student data system

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To increase accessibility to student information, the superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District announced Tuesday a new system designed to consolidate student data into one easy-to-use database.

As the second-largest school district in the nation, LAUSD serves more than 600,000 K-12 students. And with such a large student population, finding data on individual students can mean teachers and administrators have to sort through large amounts of data spread across disparate databases to find what they are looking for.

“In order to better serve the individual needs of students, Los Angeles Unified is launching the Whole Child Integrated Data Platform,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said in a statement.

The new integrated student information platform will pull together data housed across 80 different databases into one central platform to lighten the workload of educators.

“Teachers, principals, and counselors currently spend too much time searching for information about each student, taking away valuable time that can be better spent addressing the needs of students,” Beutner said. “The new platform will make it easier for educators to access the information they need in a timely fashion.”

The platform will be piloted at three schools before being rolled out across all of the district’s 1,147 schools, he said.

LAUSD has worked to improve student data management since 2003 when it launched its first integrated student information system, which was designed to include all modules for student data management, including attendance, enrollment, grades, counseling and discipline. The district has continually developed this system over the years and is expected to continually adapt it to the changing needs of the school district.