Given the dynamic landscape of K-12 education in Texas, Juan Ruelas, director information systems/PEIMS at Weslaco Independent School District, is glad that his district is relying on an administrative software vendor that provides exceptional regulatory support. “State reporting is our accountability to the state and is how we manage important data,” he explains. “SunGard K-12 Education’s state regulatory group is superb.”
For example, when Texas’ State Board of Education implemented regulations associated with new graduation requirements mandated by Texas House Bill 5, SunGard K-12 Education was there with software support to help the district be successful. “SunGard K-12 Education is providing all of the necessary screens and tools, and we’re working on implementing them,” says Ruelas. “The state regulatory group has been very responsive.”
A few years ago, Weslaco ISD was one of the last school districts using a now retired student information system when the product reached end of life. Although the district’s Information Systems staff really liked the student information system, they had been writing their own regulatory software for a couple years when the Texas Education Agency mandated the transition to XML data standards.
At that point, the district decided to transition to a new student information system. After considering a number of options, the district selected eSchoolPLUS, SunGard K-12 Education’s student information system.
Part of the PLUS 360 suite, eSchoolPLUS is a recognized, industry-leading student information management system for K-12 schools. It has received Gartner’s highest possible rating, was named to District Administration’s Top 100 products list, and was a finalist in the 2014 CODiE Award Program. A cost-effective software solution, eSchoolPLUS helps educators manage day-to-day student administration, monitor student performance, and facilitate communications between district staff, parents, and students.
Key for the district is the strong end-user experience the system provides. “eSchoolPLUS has almost a genius design. It’s so flexible for end users to find data. And to me, the end-user support is the most important aspect of things,” observes Ruelas.
Read about the school district’s successful implementation at this link.