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DCPS implements Follett’s Aspen SIS

By Laura Devaney
January 27th, 2015

District cites customizability, flexibility needed to meet evolving needs

follett-dcpsThe District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) system has selected Follett and its Aspen solution to help the 47,000-student district capture, report, manage and analyze its student data, support enrollment, scheduling and behavior, and help track student attendance and prevent truancy.

DCPS officials said the district was seeking a more robust, flexible and customizable student information system (SIS).

Comprised of 111 elementary and secondary schools and learning centers located in Washington, D.C., DCPS introduced Aspen into its elementary schools this year and plans to implement the solution districtwide this summer.

Weighed down by an aging, cumbersome SIS, district officials embarked on a search for a new system more than a year ago. Key factors in selecting a new SIS included how it performed out of the box, its customizability to meet the district’s ever-evolving policies, and the system’s flexibility.

“The district identified the many pain points with its previous SIS and we’re confident Aspen will help meet and exceed DCPS’ overall desire to measure and advance its student learning and student/classroom management,” said Tom Schenck, president, Follett School Solutions. “We are honored to partner with a district that so passionately believes a strong school system with high achieving students is the backbone of the city.”

The adoption of Aspen extends the long-term relationship between DCPS and Follett. The district has used Follett’s Destiny Library Manager for more than eight years.

Now in 15 states and Canada, Follett’s Aspen SIS serves more than 1.5 million students.

For more information on Follett’s PreK-12 business, visit FollettLearning.com. For more information on District of Columbia Public Schools, visit www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura