PEP Launches

Public Education Partners (PEP) is pleased to announce the launch of (Inform Ed SC), an interactive website where state and local leaders, parents and other members of the community can obtain current, accurate information about K-12 public education in Greenville County and the state of South Carolina.

Developed by PEP and Acuitas Economics, through the support of numerous community partners, uniquely brings together information from multiple state agencies, the federal government and local school districts. It provides both basic information and detailed data in graphical, easy-to-understand formats for comparing various statistics.

“In creating, the primary objective is a better-informed community and state that can more successfully engage in helping build and sustain a quality system of public schools in which all students have the opportunity to succeed,” said PEP Senior Researcher Craig Stine.

To achieve this objective, PEP enlisted the help of Acuitas Economics, a data analytics and economics consulting firm that specializes in public finance, education and workforce development. Acuitas Economics delivers analysis, strategy, and policy recommendations for complex economic topics to governments, agencies and nonprofits in South Carolina.

“The value of lies in its ability to synthesize data from all of these sources and provide it in a form that is both understandable and useful to a variety of stakeholders,” said Dr. Rebecca Gunnlaugsson, Principal/Economist at Acuitas Economics. “Users can both obtain a high-level view of current levels or trends over time, as well as drill down to identify information for a specific district, school or demographic and compare that data to various years or other geographies.”

For their work on, PEP and Acuitas Economics have been named a finalist for the 2019 InnoVision Award for Community Service. This award recognizes organizations for the development of new technology or for the innovative application of existing technology, to provide products, services or processes that improve the quality of life in South Carolina communities.

“Thriving K-12 systems have an informed and engaged community that takes a high level of responsibility for the performance of their school system,” said Stine. “School districts cannot achieve this alone, and sites such as are another tool for increasing community knowledge and involvement with public education.”

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