This group includes the team’s network administration, database administration and system development staff. The staff designs, configures and installs the agency’s local area network hardware and software; manages firewalls, application and database servers; and, sets up and maintains personal computers, printers and other technical equipment. This group is responsible for designing guidelines that describe the proper usage of the agency’s network, security and backup procedures. The staff is responsible for the development and administration of the agency’s internal and Web-based information systems. In addition to the 30-plus systems maintained by this group, they are responsible for the administration of the Education Data Warehouse (EDW). The EDW is a longitudinal information system used by the agency and schools across the state.
This group provides data administration and support for the agency’s core data collections. This work involves business analysis, system testing and data quality control and training for school staff. In addition, this group coordinates the submission of over 150 data reporting requirements to the U.S. Department of Education, is responsible for the operation of the IT helpdesk and designs guidelines regarding data use and ownership.