SCHOOLZILLA ACQUIRES DECISION SCIENCE LABS, PARTNERS WITH EXPERTS ON SCHOOL FINANCE DATA
Acquisition and expertise of partners have enabled Schoolzilla to expand its platform to include financial data, starting this week.
Oakland, CA — October 5, 2016 — Schoolzilla, a Public Benefit Corporation, announced today that it has acquired Decision Science Labs, an education technology company dedicated to helping education leaders make smarter resource allocation decisions. Schoolzilla will incorporate Decision Science Labs’ expertise in linking spending with student outcomes across schools, districts, and states.
“Schoolzilla enables educators and leaders to focus on the data that matters most — the data that helps kids get a fair shot at meeting their full potential,” noted Decision Science Labs founder and CEO, Victor Reinoso. “Now, Schoolzilla customers will also get visibility into spending alongside outcomes to highlight opportunities for learning and improvement.”
The acquisition is part of a broader initiative by Schoolzilla to incorporate financial data into Mosaic (Schoolzilla’s multiple measures dashboard for districts) and the ad-hoc reporting capabilities that Schoolzilla provides to school systems in 25 states. The Schoolzilla team has also partnered with Afton Partners, a highly regarded financial consulting organization that provides strategic insights to districts on resource allocation and budgeting. They have also tapped into the expertise of Edunomics Lab, the renowned school finance research group at Georgetown University led by Marguerite Roza, Ph.D.
The timing is important, given the provision in the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that requires that districts report spending by school alongside outcomes in school report cards. The new ESSA requirement for financial transparency is a game changer for the field. “With the new provision in ESSA the challenge now is to make sure that all of this new financial information can be put to use to drive improvements for students,” said Roza.
“Our mission at Schoolzilla is to enable people to use data to run great schools for students, especially students from underserved communities. Part of running great schools is ensuring that every dollar is leveraged effectively, which is why we are passionate about providing district and school leaders with visibility into their financial data alongside their other strategic and operational metrics on Mosaic,” remarked Lynzi Ziegenhagen, the CEO of Schoolzilla PBC.
Starting this week, select Schoolzilla customers will be able to incorporate their financial data into Schoolzilla’s secure environments alongside their academic information. California’s Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is one of the customers taking advantage of the opportunity to gain time savings, empower budget leaders, and prepare its district to meet the new ESSA mandates. Rob van Herk, Director of Technology Services at AUSD, added, “Our staff appreciates having one easy place to go to view academic progress, and we’re looking forward to seeing how Schoolzilla helps us gain insight and drive decisions on our financial goals as well.”
Schoolzilla is a K–12 data platform that provides customizable dashboards, which enable educators and leaders to save time, gain critical insights, and improve student outcomes through data-driven decisions. Built in a school system with extensive educator input, Schoolzilla provides timely information to district leaders and educators so they can better understand their students’ needs, see if their strategies are working, and get laser-focused on what matters most. Contact us to learn more.