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What does "GEMS" stand for?
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"GEMS" stands for Growth and Enhancement of Montana Students. The name invented as the result of a employee competition within the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Thomas Dougherty came up with the winning idea.

Who is the main audience for GEMS?
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GEMS is aimed at a variety of users: parents of school-aged children, people considering a move within the state of Montana, school administrators, teachers, legislators, concerned citizens, and educational researchers.

What kinds of data does GEMS contain?
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GEMS contains a variety of data. Currently, there are 11 different data domains. This data includes multiple years of data and interactive reports on student achievement, graduation rates, enrollment, program and course offerings, district and school profiles, the National Assessment of Progress (NAEP), financial information reported by school districts and enrollment and remediation statistics for cohorts of Montana public high school graduates entering the Montana University System. Additionally, GEMS provides users the ability to compare Montana schools side-by-side.

Will I have to input or send new data to the OPI for GEMS?
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No. GEMS does not require any new data to be input or collected. GEMS only displays data that has already been submitted to the OPI by schools and districts.

Will GEMS replace AIM?
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No. GEMS is not replacing AIM or any other data system.

What are the technical requirements for GEMS?
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GEMS will run on computers and web browsers listed on the OPI's Recommended Computer Hardware and Software page. Currently mobile and tablet devices are not supported. To get the most of GEMS, please make sure your screen resolution is set to 1280 X 1024.

How can I print/export data from GEMS reports?
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Click the Export button ReportHelp_Image1.jpg and choose the desired file format. The report will open and can now be printed, edited, or saved.