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GEMS – Growth and Enhancement of Montana Students

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 9:03 am

Montana’s Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new data system was released on November 15, 2010 and six proposals were received on January 17th, 2011.  These proposals have been evaluated and scored by the SLDS RFP evaluation committee and the top three proposals have been identified.  The top three proposals were received from Vexcel/
Aspect, Versifit, and Pearson/Choice Solutions.  On March 1-3, these vendors are coming to Helena to provide a full-day of detailed demonstrations of their proposed solutions.  These on-site demonstrations will once again be evaluated and scored by the review committee and the final decision will be made on March 4th.  


In other GEMS activities, the project team has been implementing a formalized data governance structure within the OPI.  There is now improved agency-wide awareness and input regarding OPI data collection and reporting requirements.  A formal data governance process has begun which is initiated by a request for a new data collection, changes to existing collections, modifying business rules regarding data and other data issues. This new process has recently been presented to Division Administrators and many other staff with the OPI. 


Additionally, there are now five functioning committees meeting regularly to establish policies and procedures for data governance and for addressing OPI data issues.  These committees are the Strategic Directions: Use and Analyze Data Committee, the Data Privacy and Security Committee, and the recently formed Data Governance, Core Data Stewards and Ad-hoc Committees.    Other committees including key stakeholders outside of the OPI will also be established as this project progresses.


For more information regarding the data governance process contact Erin Thielman, GEMS Business Analyst and Data Governance Facilitator at - 444-9676.

For more information, contact Jamey Ereth, 444-4409