SCUSD Observer

Sacramento, California

Johnny Data

Is the ink dry on the $260,000 contract? No official word but a biographical picture of Jonathan Raymond emerges.

In 1996, Raymond secured a contested Republican nomination to run in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District, challenging the seven-term Democratic incumbent, Barney Frank. Raymond has been an associate with the law firm of Cushner & Bloom in Boston, served as legislative counsel to the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Tom Lewis and Senator Orrin G. Hatch.

Before becoming the Chief Accountability Officer for the Charlotte Mecklenberg Schools (CMS), Raymond was the CEO of the Commonwealth Corporation.

Raymond was instrumental in developing the Data Dashboard for CMS, an online tool that can be used by the public, educators and parents to monitor progress within the district.

Raymond explained the innovation this way

The Data Dashboard puts CMS on the leading edge in accountability and education. It represents a new approach to managing data to benefit our students and our district, because we’ll be able to use the latest data and performance indicators to drive decision-making and policy.

This year, the Data Dashboard won a place on Microsoft’s top ten demonstration sites for business-intelligence solutions. Lauded as increasing board transparency, the dashboard completely transformed the way that it collects, monitors, and analyzes data on student, teacher, and operational performance by visually presenting the district’s results based on key performance indicators (KPIs) that tie directly back to the goals identified in the CMS Strategic Plan.

Said Raymond:

They asked for some basic indicators and we decided that we wanted to create a dashboard that went deeper. We needed the solution to not only align with our strategic plan, but allow us to track more KPIs. We wanted to be able to easily report: how students were tracking toward proficiency; how we trend on gap issues along economic status, race, and other aspects; whether school operations are efficient and construction projects on time and on budget. We wanted a dashboard that would help us improve our performance along many dimensions and could grow with us in the future.

If and when Mr. Raymond takes over the helm at SCUSD, we’ll have a lot of questions for him but for now we just have one…

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Written by scusdobserver

July 9, 2009 at 3:56 pm

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