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Academic Achievement Reporting Software for Schools in Michigan

As educator evaluations and student progress continue to be scrutinized, many public schools are investigating and implementing academic achievement reporting software for schools in Michigan and across the United States.

Educators and administrators are constantly and consistently being asked to do more with less. The Munetrix Academic Module 2.0 is the most comprehensive data analytics solution for educators in one suite of apps, harvesting and contextualizing publicly available data and privately generated data in one powerful combination. 

The Academic Module 2.0 provides districts and schools with unique, holistic academic achievement reporting software for schools in Michigan that empowers districts to analyze all of their data with a single log-in and destination, supporting horizontal succession planning, building institutional knowledge, and workflow management all in one place.

Munetrix collects and aggregates the essential data your school district needs to share its impact on fiscal and academic outcomes. We put the data at your fingertips so you can spend more time on what matters — educating students!

Why Munetrix’s Academic Achievement Reporting Software for Schools in Michigan

In our view, the complete data set comprising performance analytics for schools in Michigan include everything from financial metrics to academic performance

Financial performance analytics solutions include modules for budgeting, chart of accounts planning, forecasting, scenario building, debt management, peer benchmarking and capital improvement management.

Academic achievement reporting software solutions for schools in Michigan should include software modules for student achievement data, progress monitoring and MTSS, educator evaluations, student needs assessments, student reporting data, student migration and enrollment trends, and much more! Ours does.

Both our financial and academic achievement solutions for schools in Michigan are fully integrated with state-of-the-industry interoperability that meet or exceed the latest educational and IT standards. You can now easily see how your school is performing — financially, academically, socio-economically, populationally, educationally — with only a few clicks, and in real time!


If your school district administrators and educators are being tasked with “doing more with less” in keeping pace with today’s educator evaluations metrics, contact us to schedule a demo of our easy-to-use and easy-to implement academic achievement reporting software for schools in Michigan today!

Education, Fiscal Health, K-12, Municipal, Opinion

The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth

How to Apply Comparative Analytics to Make Better Decisions and Forecasts

American computer scientist Kurt Bollacker once said that, “Data that is loved tends to survive.”

While many of us might find it difficult to “love” data, it is the lifeline of the organizations we run. Data tells us how we’ve performed in the past, what is likely to happen in the future, and how we can alter the path forward, for better or worse. So while we may prefer to ignore data than love it, we do so at our own peril.

In fact, too often, leaders of public institutions like schools, districts and municipalities either willingly or through benign neglect fail to apply a necessary love of data, and in doing so, fail to maximize the potential to make better decisions and more accurate forecasts.

Too many times, it is tempting to believe that you have all of the data you need, when in reality, there is data out there…keeping secrets from you…causing you to “not know what you don’t know”…and as a result, potentially leading you to draw inaccurate conclusions and make under-informed decisions. Not only can leaders fail to see the big picture, they may be looking at the wrong picture altogether.

After the past two years, and the uncertainty of what lies ahead, it’s never been more critical to have the most complete data set possible so that we are making the most informed decisions and the best possible prognostications.

Comparative Analytics and Errors of Omission

The future of planning and budgeting is something called “comparative analytics.” Put simply, comparative analytics refers to the process of examining your own organization’s data and performance against those of your peers and competitors to draw more informed conclusions and to make better decisions. It’s a methodology for avoiding one of the greatest perils to critical decision-making: thinking we have all of the information we need and omitting a potentially decision-changing data set.

The good news: For schools and municipalities, the performance and budgeting data for all of your competitors and benchmarked peers is publicly available. All you have to do is go find it.

If you can view your own historical data and forward-looking projections against those of neighboring entities with whom you may be competing, won’t you be able to make more confident decisions and more strategic allocations of time, treasure and talent? Anything less, and you’re making critical decisions in a vacuum.

To provide just one illustrative example, let’s say you’re examining a school district’s expenditures on instructional investments for the past three years, and the data show that the district is accounting for 10% annual increases in that budget category. Sounds promising. The district appears to be investing in educational outcomes, the chief metric for educational excellence. 

Not so fast. Unfortunately, all that data set provides is an insular, backward-looking reporting of past events — and only the district’s own. Now imagine a scenario in which district leadership could instantly compare their own budget allocations against a neighboring district. Suppose the neighboring district is reporting student achievement data that far surpasses the first district. And then imagine that, through just a few clicks, we can see that the outperforming district is allocating a much larger budget to instructional line items, likely accounting for (at least in part) the better achievement outcomes. Despite the scheduled 10% increases, the spending gap remains large between districts, and so does the disparity in student achievement.

In other words, while District A at first blush appears to be investing in educational priorities, when we look at the big picture, we discover that District B is far outpacing District A in student achievement and taking an entirely different approach to prioritizing instructional spending.

How that might change District A’s assessment of its own budget allocations, and how might that data inform a decision about how to allocate public funding going forward?

Failing to “love” all of the data, in this example, is how an error of omission can quickly lead to errors of commission.

How to Avoid the Most Common “Errors of Omission”

If getting access to the complete set of all available data were difficult, we’d understand why someone might be tempted to take shortcuts or expedite decision making. But practically everything a public employee or leader needs to equip themselves for optimized decision making is publicly available, much of it required by mandate to be made readily accessible. So given that the “secrets” are out there, let’s examine what some of the most common self-inflicted errors of omission tend to be:

(If you would like any of the following reports pulled for your district or municipality and its relevant peers, contact us and we will send you a PDF report within 48 hours at no cost or obligation).

Error #1: Not Going Far Enough Back

The more historical perspective you have, the better you are able to draw conclusions as to what’s driving trends, and what’s likely to change or continue. Too often, data analysts look only one or two years back, when there could be some revelatory trend data hiding in the entity’s more distant past that would prove informative and applicable to the present and the future.

10-year historical analysis

Error #2: Missing the Comparative Intelligence

Looking at your own data only is an error of omission that can, as illustrated above, lead to errors of commission. Here we look at comparative analytics that demonstrate how a sample school district allocates its own budget categorically relative to how all districts within that region do. Now we know if we are overspending, underspending, or misallocating resources, based on how our peers are doing their own budgeting. Look at the disparities and gaps, and consider what that data is trying to tell you.

Budget allocation peer-comparison report

Error #3: Failing to Connect the Dots

How is budgeting data aligned with performance metrics? Isn’t that the key to truly understanding whether our budgeting decisions and forecasts are aligned (or misaligned) with outcomes? With just a few clicks, you should be able to overlay key performance indicators with budgeting inputs to see if you’re getting sufficient return on investment, or whether you need to redirect funds and either double down or reallocate resources.

Overlay data sets to spot trends and performance drivers

Error #4: Not Seeing How Small Data Drives Big Trends

If you’re not examining historically significant data sets, and you’re not comparing both past performance and future forecasting against competitors or peers, you can’t possibly draw accurate correlations and conclusions relative to drivers of big-picture trends. One of the most critical trend data sets for schools and districts, for example, is enrollment. Enrollment data not only reflects success metrics of all kinds, it directly impacts per-pupil funding. The small discrete data points all come together to influence the larger trends we all hold dear and measure ultimate success or failure by. Failure to put the pieces together and see the entire puzzle is perilous, and an unforced error in the modern age.

Data visualizations matched with trend analysis provide a clearer picture yet.

Love the Data that Survives

Perhaps it’s too heavy a lift to expect everyone within leadership at public institutions to truly “love” data. But we do urge that those in positions of critical decision-making at least embrace all that data has to offer…and all that lies in wait to undermine decisions if leaders neglect to listen to the secrets data is keeping from them.

That “loved” data will not only survive, as Bollacker suggests…it will help government institutions thrive.

Unlock the best-kept secrets today! If you would like any of the referenced reports above (or others) pulled for your district or municipality and its peers, contact us and we will send you a PDF report within 48 hours at no cost or obligation.

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Education, K-12

Financial Forecasting and Scenario Planning for Schools in New Mexico

School reform from SB-1 and SB-96 have made financial forecasting and scenario planning for schools in New Mexico more important than ever.

The performance analytics modules in Munetrix’s financial forecasting and scenario planning for schools solution gives New Mexico school districts and educators the ability to find, compare, measure and monitor dozens of key performance indicators (KPIs)—all with a single, easy-to-use interface.

As we enter budgeting season, finance directors, superintendents and other administrators are facing dilemmas and difficult decisions. Whether trying to prioritize the allocation of stimulus or other surplus funds, or processing the challenging demands of budget cuts, it’s decision time.

To help school districts make better budgeting decisions—based on better data— Munetrix is offering a free report to any school district in New Mexico that wants to see how their compare budget allocations against those of all districts in their regions. Click here to see a glimpse of Munetrix’s financial forecasting and scenario planning for schools in New Mexico.

Take a Closer Look at Munetrix’s Financial Forecasting and Scenario Planning for Schools in New Mexico

Download our free resource guides to take a tour of the entire suite of complementary solutions in the Munetrix Enterprise Edition, which includes the Academic and Financial Modules. Or read our piece on how data is a district’s greatest asset in achieving equity in education, as published in District Administration magazine: “Achieving a Culture of Data Literacy.”

Financial forecasting performance analytics solutions include modules for budgeting, chart of accounts planning, forecasting, scenario building, debt management, peer benchmarking and capital improvement management.

Both our financial and academic performance analytics solutions for schools in New Mexico are fully integrated with state-of-the-industry interoperability that meet or exceed the latest educational and IT standards.

Ready to schedule a private, personal demo? Contact us to schedule a personal tour of Munetrix’s financial forecasting and scenario planning for schools in New Mexico solution today!

Education, K-12, News, Press Releases

Munetrix Named 2022 CODiE Award Finalist in Three Catgories

Solution for Schools Named Finalist in Categories for Administration, Data Management, and Education

We are proud to announce that the Munetrix School Edition was named a 2022 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in three categories: Best Administrative Solution, Best Data Management Solution, and Best Emerging Education Technology Solution for Administrators. CODiE finalists represent the best products, services and people in the education and business technology industries.

The Munetrix School Enterprise Edition is a comprehensive, all-in-one solution for school districts looking to create a district-wide culture of community through trust, teamwork and transparency. From financials, human resources and business processes to educator evaluations and student progress reporting, the Munetrix Enterprise Edition features easy-to-adopt and easy-to-use modules that facilitate simpler and more robust forecasting, planning and performance management. The product is a comprehensive suite of powerful, interdependent solutions that takes multi-level, complex data sets and makes them simple to understand, report and act upon, including: achievement and growth data, student reporting, needs assessment, educator evaluation, and progress monitoring, as well as financial budgeting, forecasting and modeling.

The SIIA CODiE Awards, the long-running, premier awards program for the software and information industries are produced by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software, education, media and digital content industries. Munetrix was picked as a finalist across 47 education technology categories, including new categories in education and leadership.

“The 2022 CODiE Award finalists highlight the products and people who drove their industries forward through innovative products and leadership in these uncertain times,” said SIIA President Jeff Joseph. “These honorees continue the proud tradition of CODiE Award finalists of recognizing the most impactful products, services and leaders of their time, setting a foundation for the next generation of innovators. Congratulations to all who received this well-earned acknowledgment.”

Accolades and Gratitude

Judge feedback included statements such as, “The sheer volume of data that can be used in a district’s customized application of Munetrix is astounding!,” “The Munetrix platform, specifically the Financial Module is impressive…very easy to navigate and esthetically pleasing, and is very robust in the amount of features and functionality it can provide,” and, “Overall, the Munetrix School Enterprise Edition features some incredible opportunities for sharing and disseminating information among stakeholders at an educational institution.”

Munetrix CEO Buzz Brown said, “We’ve worked hard as a company and in collaboration with educators and administrators to make our school product as robust and intuitive as possible. This year, we made significant enhancements to the Financial Module, complementing the feature-rich Academic Module that we relaunched the year prior. This recognition of our industry peers by such a prestigious organization is most welcome, but hard-earned.”

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The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-recognized awards program. Finalists are determined by industry experts. CODiE Award winners will be announced during the virtual winner announcement celebrations June 8 and June 9, 2022.

Details about each finalist are listed at https://siia.net/codie/codie-finalists/.

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence. For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.

About Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)

SIIA is the only professional organization connecting more than 450 data, financial information, education technology, specialized content and publishing companies. Our diverse members provide the critical data, content, and information that drives the global economy, informs financial networks, connects learners and educators, and drives innovation. Learn more at siia.net.

Education, K-12, News

Continuous Improvement Planning and Reporting for Schools in Michigan

The Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process and Reporting for Schools in Michigan (MICIP) is “a pathway for districts to improve student outcomes by assessing whole child needs to develop plans and coordinate funding,” according to the Michigan Department of Education.

The Progress Monitoring app from Munetrix supports school districts in Michigan and other states nationwide in implementing the state-required K-12 Multi-Tiered System of Supports. Munetrix Project Tracker MTSS workflow templates empower district leadership to manage the MDE MTSS requirements and upload key documentation in one online storage space to build institutional knowledge and horizontal succession planning.

Prioritizing continuous improvement planning and reporting for schools in Michigan, the Munetrix Academic Module enables administrators to easily manage and track facilitation of MTSS programing, implementation and communication across the school or district with pre-built templates for MTSS program administration, data meetings, and management of their teams. Learn more about the Academic Module’s solutions for continuous improvement planning and reporting for schools in Michigan by clicking here.

The Academic Module’s Solutions for Continuous Improvement Planning and Reporting for Schools in Michigan

Another feature in the product suite—the Needs Assessment app—supports horizontal succession planning and maintains institutional knowledge in one comprehensive platform. Users can easily set filters to evaluate the district and individual school building data over multiple years to make comparisons and assess changes, allowing administrators to effortlessly identify student achievement gaps and trends across multiple assessments for the district, school and subgroups to identify areas of need to target continuous improvement strategies.

Academic performance analytics solutions for schools in Michigan include software modules for student achievement data, progress monitoring and MTSS, educator evaluations, student needs assessments, student reporting data, student migration and enrollment trends, and much more!

Want to learn more? Contact us to schedule a personal tour of Munetrix’s solutions for continuous improvement planning and reporting for schools in Michigan today!

Education, K-12

Financial Forecasting and Scenario Planning for Schools in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Act 89 has made financial forecasting and scenario planning for schools in Wisconsin an even more important transparency initiative than ever before. Munetrix now offers a single financial reporting and transparency solution to immediately meet the requirements of Wisconsin Act 89, making school district and school financial information available to the public.

The powerful analytical capability of Munetrix’s financial forecasting and scenario planning for schools solution gives Wisconsin districts and educators the ability to find, compare, measure and monitor dozens of key performance indicators (KPIs)—all with a single, easy-to-use interface.

See how school districts are leveraging the Munetrix platform to achieve transparency, equity and legislative compliance with robust data visualizations and performance analytics solutions integrated into our financial forecasting and scenario planning software for schools in Wisconsin

Take a Closer Look at Munetrix’s Financial Forecasting and Scenario Planning for Schools in Wisconsin

Download our free resource guides to take a tour of the entire suite of complementary solutions in the Munetrix Enterprise Edition, which includes the Academic and Financial Modules. Or read our piece on how data is a district’s greatest asset in achieving equity in education, as published in District Administration magazine: “Achieving a Culture of Data Literacy.”

Financial performance analytics solutions include modules for budgeting, chart of accounts planning, forecasting, scenario building, debt management, peer benchmarking and capital improvement management.

Both our financial and academic performance analytics solutions for schools in Wisconsin are fully integrated with state-of-the-industry interoperability that meet or exceed the latest educational and IT standards.

Ready to schedule a private, personal demo? Contact us to schedule a personal tour of Munetrix’s financial forecasting and scenario planning for schools in Wisconsin solution today!

Education, K-12, News, Press Releases

Munetrix Named Finalist for Four EdTech Awards

EdTech Digest Recognizes Munetrix in All Nominated Categories

Munetrix is proud to announce that our Munetrix Enterprise Edition for Schools product suite was named a finalist in all four categories for which it was nominated in the 2022 EdTech Awards presented by EdTech Digest. The product was named finalist in the following categories:

  • Best Administrative Solution
  • Best Collaboration Solution
  • Best District Data Solution
  • Best New Product or Service

Finalists and winners for The EdTech Awards 2022 were recently announced to a worldwide audience of educators, technologists, students, parents, and policymakers interested in building a better future for learners and leaders in the education and workforce sectors. Celebrating its 12th year, the U.S.-based program is the world’s largest recognition program for education technology, recognizing the biggest names in edtech—and those who soon will be, according to a press release issued by the sponsoring organization.

Finalists and winners for The EdTech Awards 2022 were recently announced to a worldwide audience of educators, technologists, students, parents, and policymakers interested in building a better future for learners and leaders in the education and workforce sectors. Celebrating its 12th year, the U.S.-based program is the world’s largest recognition program for education technology, recognizing the biggest names in edtech—and those who soon will be, according to a press release issued by the sponsoring organization.

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The EdTech Awards recognizes people for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. Featuring edtech’s best and brightest, the annual program shines a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders and innovative trendsetters across the K-12, Higher Education, and Skills and Workforce sectors.

“We have put a tremendous amount of work and innovation into our suite of solutions for educators and school administrators,” said Buzz Brown, CEO of Munetrix. “These recognitions are fine testaments to the outcome of that diligence and welcome recognition for the product’s versatility and universal appeal to both educators and administrators in districts all across the country.”

“As events unfold on the world stage that seem to inch ever closer to a precipice unknown, we are reminded that the leaders and innovators of education technology have always worked on the edge,” said Victor Rivero, who as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest, oversees the program.

“The future-focused work they do is inspired by the infinite potential of all people to learn and thrive. It’s pushed forward by the human spirit. It’s the light that even through the darkest times always shines through,” Rivero said.

About the EdTech Awards

The EdTech Awards were established in 2010 to recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate the most exceptional innovators, leaders, and trendsetters in education technology. This year’s finalists and winners were narrowed from the larger field and judged based on various criteria, including: pedagogical workability, efficacy and results, support, clarity, value and potential. 

Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest Victor Rivero said:  “To the innovators, leaders, and trendsetters in K-12, higher education, and workforce learning who continue connecting, producing and persisting despite all challenges—a hearty hat-tip and a grand salute!”

The complete list of winners and finalists can be found on the EdTech Awards website here.

To learn more about Munetrix’s complete suite of products for school districts, click here.

K-12, News, Press Releases

Munetrix Offers Free Budget Allocation Comparison Report to School Districts in Budgeting Season

As we enter budgeting season, finance directors, superintendents and other administrators are facing dilemmas and difficult decisions.

The problem we see is many administrators are forced to make difficult decisions with limited data and incomplete information.

To help facilitate and illustrate a more robust methodology for finance directors, we are, for a limited, time offering a free report to any school district that wants to see how their budget allocations compare to those of all districts in their regions.

Fiscal Health, K-12, Opinion, Uncategorized

Better Data Makes Better Budgets

As we enter budgeting season, finance directors, superintendents and other administrators are facing dilemmas and difficult decisions. Whether trying to prioritize the allocation of stimulus or other surplus funds, or processing the challenging demands of budget cuts, it’s decision time.

The problem we see is many administrators are forced to make difficult decisions with limited data and incomplete information. As we will illustrate, placing unnecessary blinders on your budgeting can lead to incorrect conclusions and potentially misplaced allocations of resources.

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