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Client: Virginia DOE

URL: schoolquality.virginia.gov

Launched: 10.31.2016


Challenge: The 2015 General Assembly directed the state Board of Education to redesign the commonwealth’s School Performance Report Cards to communicate more effectively to parents and the public about the status and achievements of Virginia’s public schools. The interactive School Quality Profiles were intended to replace static PDF reports on schools and school divisions that the VDOE first published in the late 1990s.

Solution: The SchoolQ by AIS Network team worked alongside VDOE staff to create a new interactive web site, the School Quality Profiles, that uses visual analytics to demystify the data and render it more transparent and accessible. New processes and methodologies were used to create aesthetically pleasing and technically masterful data visualization.

Results: In all aspects of design and development, the School Quality Profiles web application sets the “gold standard” for online state report card tools. Business results include more open government, a path to school improvement, support of policy goals, taxpayer savings and more. In addition, public interaction with the School Quality Profiles has been consistent and growing. Work on the site is ongoing.

Awards:

2017 National School Public Relations Association Golden Achievement Award

2017 National School Public Relations Association Publications and Electronic Media Award of Merit

2017 RVATech “Innovation in Utilization, Public Project”

2017 National Association of State Chief Information Officers State IT Recognition Awards (Governor’s nominee in Open Government and Data, Information and Knowledge Management category)

2017 City-County Communications Marketing Association Savvy Awards (finalist)

2017 Interactive Media Council Interactive Media Awards (nominee)

2017 Government Computer News: GCN DigIT Awards (nominee)

2017 Governor's Technology Awards (nominee)