Administrative Assistants Ltd. (aal) announced that Georgia’s DeKalb County School System has adopted aal’s flagship product, eSIS, as the student information system of choice for its schools. DeKalb is a metropolitan Atlanta public school system and is one of the more culturally diverse counties in the nation, with a student enrollment of more than 103,000 students in 145 schools and centers.

eSIS is a web-based, real-time information system for the tracking and management of student data from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and into adult or continuing education. Authorized users can access up-to-the-minute statistics and information on student records from any internet-connected computer. Multiple levels of security ensure that only authorized persons can access student information. aal says it will customize eSIS to meet the specific informational needs of each district.

Excelsior discussed its Pinnacle System, a collection of software products designed to integrate classroom and administrative data needs, while simplifying data entry and reporting processes. The Pinnacle System is designed to help schools move to a completely electronic grading and record-keeping environment. Educators can create class files, keep files in sync with the administrative system, facilitate access to information both at home and at school, collect assessment information in place of bubble sheets, and archive files for protection from loss.

Pinnacle’s three integrated modules include Gradebook files for teachers to use in their classrooms, the Pinnacle administrative system and integration tools, and the Pinnacle Gradebook Server for collecting and distributing real-time information to both teachers and administrators. All aspects of installation, configuration, inner connectivity with other software, staff training, and data and system management are included with the Pinnacle solution, Excelsior said.

The National Transcript Center (NTC) announced that it is developing the Virginia Transcript Center, a statewide electronic student records and transcript exchange system, for the Virginia Department of Education. The Virginia Transcript Center will be incorporated into the state’s SIF-based statewide data management system, which provides decision-support data to educators at the state, district, and school levels.

All public K-12 schools in Virginia will be able to exchange electronic records and transcripts with other school districts and higher-education institutions in the state free of charge. The system provides a user interface to transfer, manage, track, and import electronic transcripts and student records. It extracts students’ data directly from Virginia’s data management system and then uses NTC’s proprietary data translation engine to send the data in the format that the receiving school or college prefers. More than 2,100 K-12 schools and higher-education institutions in Virginia will use this system, the company said, saving time, money, and paper.

Perceptive Software launched ImageNow, a document management and workflow solution for educators. ImageNow seamlessly integrates with a school system’s student information, human resources, and financial management systems to deliver secure, digital documents supporting the records in those systems, Perceptive says—regardless of the systems’ vendors. The company says its new solution can simplify and improve work processes across all areas of a school system, enhancing the storage and security of records and enabling cross-district access to information with a single click.

STI introduced STI Lunch into its fully integrated suite of data management tools for schools. STI Lunch is designed to accept a seamless, secure data stream from STI’s web-based student information system, InformationNOW, protecting the integrity of the data and the privacy of students and their families. The software also creates the appropriate reimbursement claim reports for schools and districts automatically.

Administrators can customize STI Lunch to support their individual requirements. Its tools for data management, inventory tracking, and payment processing can streamline food service management and increase efficiency, STI says. Functions include recording and reconciling student meals and charges, importing student photos for positive IDs, generating customizable form letters for parents, reporting on reimbursable meals, tracking food and supplies inventories, providing reconciliation for all cash drawers, and substantiating state claims reports.