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Welcome to the Wyoming Integrated Statewide Education (WISE) Data System. A successful education system is made up of many tools; data management is just one of them. The collection of data is important to everyone; parents, teachers, and administrators. The driving factor behind all data collection is the concept of Data Driven Decision Making (D3M) – the data are collected and analyzed, reports are produced, and decisions are made based on the accuracy of the data. WISE is the component sanctioned by the Wyoming Legislature, through the Wyoming Department of Education to acquire, store, organize, and report education data.

The goal of WISE is to collect, certify, and transform school district data into standardized data sets. WISE is not a product, nor is it an attempt to control school district Information Technology. WISE is a system that connects existing software systems and databases within local school districts throughout Wyoming. Disparate and proprietary data sources can co-exist and share information. WISE allows individual school districts to choose the software that best fits their needs. The WISE Data System is an initiative that has changed how WDE collects data from districts and schools. The national data standards provided by Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) Association have generated compatibility, consistency and comparability of the data. SIF specifications are distinctively designed for P-12 technology providers and educators. The SIF Association is a Non-Profit (501c3) governed by a board of directors, committees, and task forces. All 48 school districts in Wyoming are members of the SIF Association. Wyoming is considered to have the leading education information system in the United States because of statewide incorporation of SIF data standards.

The burden to districts and schools associated with data collection and management is significantly reduced by using WISE. The biggest benefit, however, is the ability to efficiently share data statewide, district to district, district to school, and school to school. This sharing of data shifts the burden away from district and school staff re-entry of data into separate software systems onto the vendors and their software applications. Since the data is initially captured close to the source where the quality is the highest, there is a reduced need for edit reviews and data quality checking. WISE is instrumental in saving the districts numerous hours that have been required for district, school, state and federal reporting. This allows teachers more time to do what they do best: teach.

All states are required to report student data to the United States Department of Education (USED) under both the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Through these programs, USED has designated federal funds to improve education. The funds are granted to the states by the USED based on reports created from data collections received from state education agencies. WISE will be able to use the data for government reporting to USED much more efficiently through a concept known as vertical reporting. The vertical reporting segment of the WISE project coordinates the data flow through electronic transfer; it reduces the burden on the data providers and improves both the quality and timeliness of the reporting mechanism. The Wyoming Integrated Statewide Education Data System with timely and accurate data about each student will improve the quality of education for every student in Wyoming.