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Countdown to the ESSA Financial Transparency Mandate

At the end of this school year (FY2019), all states and local school districts will be required to report per-pupil expenditure data at the school level as mandated by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The new ESSA financial requirements...

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Employee Spotlight - Scot Ecker

Meet Scot Ecker, making significant impacts in education - first in Wisconsin, then across the country.

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Announcing 2018 Project of the Year Recipients

Over the last six years, it’s been a real honor to be able to work with numerous school administrators, business officials, and other members of community organizations on numerous projects and presentations. As analytics continues to grow in the...

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Employee Spotlight - Kelly Jordan

Meet Kelly Jordan, business and public education advocate.

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3 Steps in Developing Your Referendum Strategy

It’s a new school year, and for many districts that means it is referendum season.  While the district may fully understand the need for a referendum, the challenge often is justifying it to the local taxpayers, who may not understand the...

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The Case for Analyzing Your District's Staffing Levels

Regular performance reviews are an important part of any successful school district's best practices. Many variables impact performance, and the most successful districts are those that can identify performance gaps early to identify adjustments...

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Why 5?

From time to time, curious clients and prospects ask us about our corporate name…Forecast5™.  They essentially want to know how we came up with the name and “what does it mean”?  The answer is pretty simple. It is a word play on our core mission...

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Nacogdoches ISD Conducts Peer District Analysis of Student Performance Data to Guide Curriculum Decisions

An established organization since 1903, Nacogdoches Independent School District (NISD) is founded on the principles of educational opportunities, inspiration, and excellence. Serving over 6,000 students across eleven different campuses, the...

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Double Dip: Easily Build District Scorecards with ESSA Data

There’s a growing trend in school districts to develop scorecards that track progress toward meeting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The progress reports can be used internally to help guide decision making or shared externally to communicate...

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How to Produce an Epic Financial Story

As the finance administrator of the district, having a good story and visuals is perhaps even more important than other roles, as you are constantly responsible for developing strategies.  Even the best, most thought out, strategies are only as...

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4Cs to Producing Your Next Big Presentation

When shopping for a diamond, you’re coached to look at the “Four Cs” – carat, cut, color and clarity.  In producing your presentations, you can use these “Four Cs” by replacing the first two – color, clarity, consumption and consistency. 

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K-12: Forecast the Future to Fight Budget-Busting Surprises

How many line items are in your K-12 annual budget? 750? 1000? More? That’s a lot of places for the unexpected to creep in and mess with your carefully crafted financial plan. Save the surprises for birthday parties by getting a better handle on...

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