COMET helps improve outcomes for children and the programs serving them.
School districts, charter schools and other educational institutions routinely collect large amounts
of student information, often using manual paper techniques. Paper-based data are scattered and in remote
filing cabinets, not easily available to those who need it. When available, its sheer volume prevents
professionals from building a comprehensive and meaningful assessment of children. Although information
may eventually be entered into various databases, it is common for data to remain unrecorded and lost over
time. As a result, central office staff, school principals, administrators and teachers have to rely on
partial information to assess children and programs. Partial information often leads to decisions and
specific actions at child, classroom, and policy levels based on incomplete data.
COMET's mission and purpose
Web-based and user-friendly, COMET collects and manages data and supports decisions for multiple levels
of information. By linking new and existing data sources and IT systems, COMET provides immediate, easy
access for professionals across disciplines, with just the click of a mouse.
COMET is designed to help educators, parents, program providers, policy makers and researchers make
informed decisions that will improve recommendations, programs, research and organizational quality, and
ultimately, client outcomes.
COMET supports success in the classroom and in life. We use the power of information to better serve
children and youth.
24/7 access to:
- the instruments that need to be completed
- child, classroom and program information
- parent and child attendance information
- 95% to 98% on-time completion of instruments
- a 25% to 40% reduction in the time required to complete an instrument when compared to paper completion
- nine options for documenting student attendance
- provisions for recording 20 different types of contacts with parents
- almost no errors in reporting children's attendance
- less time spent —
- inputting names, birthdates, identification numbers, and addresses on instruments
- looking for lost information
- instantaneous and satisfying real-time assessments and feedback
- efficient mechanisms in which teachers may design and plan activities for individual children based on their needs
- quicker identification of children who have unmet needs in order to make referrals faster and easier
- ability to monitor progress of individual children and classes at any time in any place that has a computer connected to the internet
- financial expense reductions