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Utah State Office of Education Awards the Electronic Student Achievement and Management Data System Contract to DigitalBridge


Ohanian Comment:
There is considerable evidence that data collection and warehousing are a huge purpose of NCLB. Many believe they are the tail that wags the dog.

Digital Ecosystems: What a term. Don't you wonder how many PR hours it took to come up with it?

This press release should be sent out to parent groups with a Red Alert. If parents really thought about it, understanding the implications, would they want an overarching structure for managing student achievement information?
Here's some background on DigitalBridge, the outfit that produces DigitalSPAN.

DigitalBridge leverages the resources and experience of our selected partners to implement Digital Ecosystem Transactionâ„¢ solutions over our patent-pending DigitalFusionâ„¢ platform in a variety of different industries.

â€Â¢ Deloitte LLP
â€Â¢ IBM
â€Â¢ Chartwell Group
â€Â¢ TAC
â€Â¢ Brigham Young University

Deloitte describes itself as one of the largest providers of professional services, with specialty skills in the areas of identity management, audit and assurance, risk management, security and privacy.

IBM needs no introduction but since CEO Louis Gerstner held hands with Arkansas governor Bill Clinton to bring home the education reform package called America 2000 for President Bush Senior, they have pushed the idea of schools obsessing about data collection and warehousing

Chartwell Education Group was founded by former United States Secretary of Education Rod Paige and his Chief of Staff John Danielson. Their web partners are Heather Podesta Partners and Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International (TAGI). Podests is considered a top-tier lobbyist in D. C., with significant political contributions to the Democratic Party. The Chartwell website says the firm provides clients with sophisticated government relations, strategic planning, coalition building, political intelligence, and communications counsel.

TAGI is a firm of Certified Public Accountants and Auditors in the Arab Region.

Here's how TAC (Tata Consultancy Services Limited) describes itself: is an IT Services, business solutions, and outsourcing organization that delivers real results to global businesses, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT and IT-enabled services delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model. TAC is part of the Tata Group, India̢۪s largest industrial conglomerate. Go to see a list of their subsidiaries.

Almost all of the DigitalBridge executives are graduates of Brigham Young University, which is home to the Kevin and Debra Rollins Center for eBusiness. (Rollins, CEO of Dell, is active in the American Enterprise Institute and with the The Computer Systems Policy Project is a CEO policy advocacy group focused on ensuring U.S. competitiveness through technology leadership.)
Ken Meyer, Senior VP for Governor Relations comes from a position as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of Education, where his primary responsibilities included "traveling the country working with state and local policymakers, as well as education leaders, regarding the initial implementation challenges and opportunities of the No Child Left Behind Act" (from 2002 to 2005).

Frank Larry, Vice President for Business Development, "plays a key role in capturing mindshare for DigitalBridge̢۪s industry-unique approach to protected information sharing. As the Director of Education and Training for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security̢۪s National Cyber Security Division (NCSD), he played a high-level role in the implementation and coordination of the training, education, and professional certification sections of the President̢۪s National Strategy to Secure Cyber Space."


Press Release

OREM, Utah

DigitalBridge(SM), the leader in protected information sharing technologies and solutions for digital ecosystems, today announced that it has been selected by the Utah State Office of Education for award of a state-wide contract for an Electronic Student Achievement and Management Data System. The DigitalBridge team, which includes Chartwell Education Group, IBM/Cognos, Red Cedar Solutions Group, ProActive School, the National Transcript Center and Docufide, will implement a revolutionary new solution to manage student achievement throughout the State of Utah.

The DigitalSAMS(TM) solution is the first of its kind in the nation to be deployed in a statewide education ecosystem. Up to 40 Utah school districts and 96 charter schools will utilize the company's DigitalSAMS solution, allowing teachers, parents, and administrators to gain better visibility and understanding into each student's individual academic achievement and needs throughout their educational career.
Terry Pitts, President and CEO of DigitalBridge, stated, "We are pleased that the Utah State Office of Education recognizes that DigitalBridge's DigitalSAMS solution provides the most technologically advanced, functionally rich, and economically priced solution for managing student achievement." Mr. Pitts added, "Now one single solution will allow sensitive student achievement information to be securely shared across disparate systems throughout the state's education ecosystem, ensuring that Utah's children have the opportunity to have the most personalized and customized education possible, proving yet again that Utah's educators are truly innovators."

"Utah is very pleased to partner with DigitalBridge to provide transparent data to parents, teachers, and students," said Patti Harrington, Ed.D., State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Utah State Office of Education. "Utah's existing data system has been a leader in the nation, but lacked a statewide portal by which to empower parents and teachers as they make daily instructional decisions. DigitalSAMS will now provide that portal and will enrich both the display and comparability of the data as well as ensure that the data is accessible and useful." Ms. Harrington added, "We are very happy to work with DigitalBridge in our relentless pursuit of academic excellence for every child in Utah."

Currently implemented in 13 of Utah's 40 school districts, DigitalSAMS has been received with overwhelming satisfaction and praise by teachers and administrators alike. The five year contract will create an overarching structure for managing student achievement information across the state, leveraging prior technology and infrastructure investments in student preparation and performance measurement programs.

DigitalSAMS is far more than a traditional data warehouse or student information system. The solution is an innovative software architecture that gathers both historical and real-time information about an individual student from a variety of disparate data sources, allowing educators, students, parents, administrators, and policy makers to gather, access, act on, share, and, most importantly, protect individual student information. Educators can, for example, view information such as grades, attendance records, test scores, formative and other assessment data for an individual student with point-and-click simplicity. Access to such information is role-based and requires authentication, which is part of the privacy management system inherent in DigitalSAMS.

By extension, individual student-level data can be aggregated for analysis and reporting even at the classroom level, providing the educator a powerful and dynamic tool to evaluate the academic performance of each student. This allows teachers more time to devote to individual student instruction and performance. Further, as data is gathered at the student level, information can be easily aggregated to accommodate classroom, school, district, or state reporting requirements for Utah Performance and Assessment System for Students ("UPASS"), or No Child Left Behind ("NCLB") compliance reporting purposes.

About DigitalBridge(SM)
DigitalBridge was founded in 2004, in Orem, Utah, by industry-leading executives from the technology, education, healthcare, justice and legal industries. DigitalBridge's mission is to build solutions that enable protected information sharing between individuals and organizations involved in simple and complex ecosystems, while protecting the security, privacy and integrity of the information. DigitalBridge's revolutionary, patent-pending DigitalFusion(TM)platform, incorporating Digital Packet Technology(TM), is a completely new architecture for managing information in motion. Our solutions provide protected information sharing to digital ecosystems in the education, justice, and healthcare markets. Our unique solutions interoperate with existing legacy systems without requiring replacement, allowing authorized users to access the right information, at the right time, in the right context, in a secure and timely manner, from any Web-enabled device. To learn more, please visit: http://www.digitalbridge.com.
Your ecosystem, now digital(TM).
We do that(TM).

Welcome to DigitalBridge(SM).
SOURCE DigitalBridge

— Press Release, with amplification
DigitalBridge
2008-07-17
http://tinyurl.com/55fzbs


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