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Document Number: 3152

Smart Data: Mining the School District Data Warehouse - A major problem school districts face when analyzing data is the amount of time it takes to compare information from unstructured and diverse resources in order to draw meaningful conclusions. Schools accumulate numerous test scores, discipline reports, attendance records and grades, as well as medical data and demographic information every year. This article profiles the use of data warehousing, a method of data collection previously used only in the corporate world, that is making data collection and interpretation more convenient, accurate and useful. The article includes pricing on some of the systems available, as well as suggestions for shopping for data warehouses. (Lars Kongshem,, September 1999)...

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