Choosing a new student information system (SIS) is a big decision and not one that should be made lightly. Every state has some unique challenges when it comes to student information, but there are universal questions that you should be asking.
When the leadership of Katy Independent School District wanted to improve the use of analytics to support informed decision making, they charged the district’s Business Development Department with envisioning and launching an initiative that would transform teaching and learning.
To support students in developing higher-order thinking skills and to redefine learning not just as what students know but what they can do with what they know, Rockford Public Schools (RPS) 205 implemented a standards-based grading system in its 28 elementary schools. Five years after the launch of this initiative, RPS 205’s Board of Education mandated the district move forward with implementing the eSchoolPLUS Home Access Center portal for sharing student data with families.
Janice O’Brien is a software support specialist on Rockford Public Schools 205’s Information Technology team. In collaboration with the district’s executive director of learning, O’Brien supported the implementation of a standards-based gradebook in the district’s 28 elementary schools. Reflecting on that and other major initiatives, she advised districts to consider the following best practices to enhance the success of their efforts:
Donna Steele has spent much of the past 21 years supporting the Northwest Independent School District’s (ISD’s) counseling staff as a member of the Student Data Services team. On the eve of her retirement from the district, she looked back on her career with gratitude and humility, noting that her collaboration with district staff was the highlight of her many years at Northwest ISD.
The next-generation student information system, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 is a forward-thinking solution for student information management that helps educators directly and positively impact student achievement. This release amplifies SunGard K-12 Education’s award-winning student information system with a smart user interface and a variety of features that promote collaboration.
Long at the forefront of the use of technology to advance teaching and learning, Greater Latrobe School District, Pa., became one of the first school districts in the nation to roll out the eSchoolPLUS Family App.
In recent decades, technology has transformed the education process, both in the classroom and in students’ homes. There is growing evidence that student achievement, technology access, and parental involvement are all interrelated. In the future, technology will continue to play an important role in strengthening the link between teachers, students, and parents.
During this week before Thanksgiving, SunGard K-12 Education is taking a look back at our user conference and celebrating our customers and their remarkable efforts to help students achieve. We are grateful for their dedication and their continued confidence in SunGard K-12 and our software.