Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2005

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

First Advisor

Stephen Krebsbach

Second Advisor

Ronghua Shan


With the advent of No Child Left Behind legislation, K-12 schools are required to demonstrate a certain percentage of students can reach levels of proficiency, called Annual Yearly Progress (AYP). In South Dakota, the Dakota STEP test is administered in the spring to determine these levels of proficiency. Schools receive feedback from the state on certain aspects of proficiency, but many important pieces are missing for schools to develop effective strategies and to make good decisions.

This project utilizes "raw" Dakota STEP data to focus on 3 basic problems concerning achievement data: 1) provide better tools to help schools improve AYP, 2) provide better tools to help schools improve in areas beyond AYP, and 3) mine data for insights on student achievement trends that may help the education community in general.