Data-Driven Decision-Making and Budget Management FileMaker Pro Solutions Featured at 2007 Consortium for School Networking Conference (COSN)

Two conference sessions demonstrate how educators and administrators using FileMaker Pro in a variety of ways—including the iPod— tackle today’s key K12 challenges

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – March 28, 2007 – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Annual K-12 School Networking Conference will feature two sessions focusing on how schools are using FileMaker Pro, the #1-selling 
easy-to-use database software for Windows and Mac OS, to drive budget decisions and resource allocation, and improving student performance.  In addition, FileMaker will demo FileMaker Pro 8.5 solutions for K-12 live at Booth #410 during the conference, March 28-30, at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California ( ).

On Thursday, March 29, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m., a session entitled “Using Data-Driven Decision Making to Meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Goals” will be presented by Bob Barboza, educator on special assignment for The School Tools Design Group. Attendees will learn how educators from California and Florida are collaborating in a new school productivity action research project to find innovative ways to use database technology and current action research to meet their adequate yearly progress (AYP) goals. The session will summarize a five-year phase of researching and testing lesson planners, electronic portfolios, electronic individual educational plans (IEPs), and observation tools for administrators, teachers, and parents, culminating in the development of one integrated teacher and administrator productivity tool which is used to manage instruction.

Anthony Dragona, business administrator, Union City Board of Education, Union City, New Jersey, and Grace Poli, media specialist for Jose Marti Middle School, Union City, New Jersey, will present  “Streamlining Resource Allocation to Improve Student Performance,” 9:30-10:15 a.m, Friday, March 30. The session will detail how the Union City School District achieved optimal teacher and resource matching using a FileMaker Pro database solution for data-driven decision-making. Using their FileMaker Pro-based solutions, the school district improved performance against state requirements and achieved compliance with Federal “No Child Left Behind” guidelines.

Ms. Poli will also present the results of having employed FileMaker Pro database technology and iPods to improve student performance.

FileMaker database software helps schools in collecting, managing and reporting on student and administrative data. More than 10,000 K-12 schools use FileMaker in their data-driven decision-making processes to achieve greater operational efficiency, comply with federal and state reporting requirements, and track student performance.

Teaching Pre K-8 Magazine recently selected FileMaker Pro 8.5 as its “Editor’s Choice” award as the top educational database software. The software also recently received a 2006 Legacy Award from Technology & Learning Magazine.

Educators can download a 30-day free trial of FileMaker Pro 8.5 which includes the K-12 Education Starter Kit, featuring five education starter solutions, a K-12 resource guide, and a student assessment white paper at . Trial CDs will also be distributed in the FileMaker booth while supplies last.

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker is the leader in easy-to-use database software. Millions of people, from individuals to some of the world's largest companies, rely on FileMaker software to manage, analyze and share vital information. The company’s products are the FileMaker Pro line – versatile database software for teams and organizations, for Windows, Mac and the Web – and Bento, the personal database for Mac, iPhone and iPod touch. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple.

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