Every fall, students in Rose Tree Media (RTM) School District arrive to begin another school year. Along with his or her brand new backpack, each student brings different skills, different aptitudes, and different interests. But, according to RTM Superintendent James M. Wigo Sr., the goal for each is the same: growth.
“Every year, our goal is a year’s growth, at the very least, for every one of our students,” explains Wigo. “So when we’re working with a child who is already proficient, we pay the same amount of attention to that student as we do to the student who is having hard time reaching the bar.”
Wigo says data is key to the district’s success. “Our proficient numbers are wonderful. In some cases, we have 90 to 95 percent of our students in a particular grade level proficient in math and reading,” he says. “The challenge comes in dealing with the highest and the lowest quartile. What do we do with those students who are struggling to the point of being below basic? And, what do we do with those students in the middle of the advanced quartile who are not growing? Data is really the only tool we have to help make those decisions and drive instruction.”
In considering software that would support student achievement and operational excellence, the school district saw the value of a complete, integrated solution for its administrative software needs. The district selected SunGard K-12 Education’s PLUS 360 suite.
A single integrated software solution for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources, PLUS 360 provides district staff anytime, anywhere access to important district information. The solutions can be deployed to work together or implemented as stand-alone systems to help meet educational goals and requirements.
For Mack Johnson, the district’s management systems administrator, RTM has benefited from choosing a single vendor solution. “The SunGard K-12 Education products are a powerfully interactive system that keeps track of everything—our finances, students, and personnel—all in a one-stop shop,” says Johnson. “The software keeps everyone more informed and gives us the tools to make better decisions.”
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