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Jacksonville Public Education Fund partners with organizations to present at SXSWedu

School Facts Jax, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund's school information portal, is being showcased as a national model today at the South by Southwest Education (SXSWedu) Conference & Festival.

SXSWedu fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders across a variety of backgrounds in education.

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund will present on the topic of making public data more accessible and engaging to everyone, in partnership with Newark Trust for Education, Achieve Hartford! and Harvard University's Strategic Data Project. School Facts Jax, a one-stop source of performance and progress data for Duval County public schools will be shared with participants in the room - and through online conversations using #telldata.  

"We believe that giving citizens better access to school data will make them stronger advocates," said Trey Csar, President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with our sister organizations on the national stage."

As public schools transition to higher standards and a new assessment, the importance of data evolving to meet the needs of the community is critical. Jacksonville Public Education Fund Data & Research Director, Jason Rose, will share how School Facts Jax was developed with public-private partnerships and with input from the community about their needs when it comes to school data. The next steps for School Facts Jax include a budget tool, which will provide transparency of how and where money is being spent throughout Duval County, and the addition of new features to make it even more useful for parents.