Information Technology Services

GEMS Data Warehouse

Monday, April 2, 2012, 9:43 am

The Student Achievement domain in GEMS went live March 12, 2012!  Many school and district users have been accessing the web portal with their secure usernames and passwords and the OPI has received a lot of positive feedback.  For those who have questions on access and/or username and password, contact the OPI Security Officer, Mary Graff at or the GEMS Help Desk at


Design and Development of the next iteration of GEMS, Student Characteristics, has begun and is planned to be released in early summer.  This set of data will include enrollment, homeless, neglected and delinquent, migrant and limited English proficient students as well as programs and course offerings.   

Additionally, the GEMS Project Team is happy to announce dates and locations for our summer regional training sessions!  The training will be presented by our contractors, Aspect Software, an OPI Data Analyst, and a member of the GEMS Project Team.  The training sessions will consist of an in-depth presentation of GEMS with time for Q&A.  


The training will cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

- The data contained within GEMS
- The primary audience for GEMS
- How to access GEMS
- How to print/export data from GEMS
- How to drill into dashboards for further analysis
- The security in place to protect student data


Please plan to attend these exciting and informative training sessions!

Each session will be from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on the dates and locations listed below.


Week One

Monday, July 16th - Sidney
Tuesday, July 17th - Miles City
Wednesday, July 18th - Billings (Lockwood)
Thursday, July 19th - Lewistown


Week Two

Monday, July 23rd - Havre
Tuesday, July 24th - Great Falls
Wednesday, July 25th - Helena
Thursday, July 26th - Bozeman


Week Three

Monday, July 30th - Kalispell
Tuesday, July 31st - Missoula
Wednesday, August 1st - Butte


Lastly, to reiterate what GEMS is... GEMS is a web portal that uses business intelligence tools to provide varying levels of access to the data schools and districts report to the OPI.   No new data is being collected for GEMS, GEMS requires NO input of data and GEMS is not replacing AIM or any other operational system maintained by the OPI.    


As always, thank you for your support and feedback on this exciting new project!!!

For more information, contact Jamey Ereth, 444-4409