3Cloud’s Approach

Assess & Architect

Assessed reporting and data landscape to develop a solution to bring data together in one place

Consolidate & Transform

Combined data from disparate sources using Azure SQL Database & Azure Data Factory

Standardize & Report

Standardized student data and used Power BI to visualize data and machine learning to predict trends and behaviors

Results

$
300,000

Amount saved in staff resources & time

100
%

Of staff leadership using Power BI reports

51,000

Number of students’ data being tracked

“You’re going to see our graduation rate go up because of those students that we’re able to find and get help—and Power BI enabled us to do that.”

Focusing on Student Success with Power BI and Azure

3Cloud worked with Forsyth County Schools in three phases to incorporate Power BI into its systems:

  1. Consolidating data and building the foundational architecture and reports
  2. Introducing standardized survey responses about students and their learning environments
  3. Utilizing historical information and success metrics to predict trends and behaviors

3Cloud established the underlying Azure architecture prior to enabling the Forsyth team with Power BI to create numerous accessible, easy-to-use, dashboard-style reports that would highlight student metrics at the district, school, classroom, and individual level.


The Results

Forsyth County Schools estimates that the implementation of Power BI has saved the district over $300,000 in staff resources and time. More importantly, using Power BI, the staff at Forsyth County Schools can quickly and effectively pinpoint struggling students and get them the help they need to graduate. The district is aiming to move the 94 percent graduation rate to 100 percent.

According to Tim Fleming, Director of Technology Services at Forsyth County Schools, “We’re finding the students who maybe have fallen through the cracks over the years. We’re presently working with the students to make sure they’re going to graduate, and I guarantee you’re going to see our graduation rate go up because of those students that we’re able to find and get help—and Power BI enabled us to do that.”

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