School administrative services

Longhouse Software gave educators and administrators a peek at its Class A Scheduler, an interactive school scheduling solution that gives teachers access to automated tools and reports. The product features easy data entry and editing, course setup and parameters, and schedule-building tools to work with free periods, sections, and more.

PowerITSchools, a provider of K-12 web applications, announced its PowerIT Form Builder, which the company says can save districts money, help staff be more efficient, and streamline management of school and district forms and other data. Forms can be made for online help desks, event registration, summer reading preferences, parent volunteer sign-up, and more. Form Builder also has payment processing tools and can integrate with eCommerce platforms such as PayPal. Its reporting and database features allow administrators to export, sort, and manipulate form responses; also, its submission options allow users to receive form submission via eMail or text message in addition to having them feed to the secure database. For more information, contact

Psychological Software Solutions (PSS) has released a software program called Review360 GenEd, which serves as a foundation for behavior improvement in the classroom and a more positive school climate. “Review360 GenEd draws on the experience and success with our flagship product, Review360. It has many of the same features that make Review360 highly effective in managing the behavior of students with behavioral disorders; however, we have added new features to make it relevant for school leaders, educators, and support staff working across all levels of intervention,” said PSS Co‐Founder Stewart Pisecco.

The first component of Review360 GenEd, for classroom teachers, provides professional development modules for effective classroom management, with content from evidence-based, teacher-led practices. The second component, for use by school leaders, aggregates classroom and school‐wide data and tracks specific behavioral trends in the overall student population, as well as with individual students. This provides the framework for implementing school‐wide activities to promote positive behavior, resulting in a more constructive school climate and increased academic performance, PSS says.

SchoolCity introduced attendees to SchoolCHARTS, a free statewide assessment and accountability charting system that provides instant access to hundreds of charts illustrating assessment results for every school and district in a user’s state.

Skyward introduced new software that gives school districts several mobile-friendly ways to access the company’s School Management System. Skyward’s new SMS Mobile application operates on multiple smart-phone platforms, including iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices. Designed for ease of use on mobile devices, SMS Mobile allows users to view student emergency, attendance, scheduling, and discipline information. Whether on a field trip or at a sporting event, officials can quickly look up a student’s emergency contact or medical alert information, and they have easy mobile access to financial and human resources information as well, allowing them to approve time off and requisitions on the go. In addition, parents can easily check on how their student is progressing from a mobile device with support for Family Access, Skyward says.

Software Answers demonstrated ProgressBook, a web-based classroom and student management system reportedly used by 75 percent of Ohio schools. The system started as an online gradebook for teachers but now includes a full student information system (SIS), as well as features for compiling and managing standards-based assignments and tracking special-education compliance. Because the software is modular, it can be used as a complete, stand-alone solution or with a school district’s existing SIS to help manage classroom grades and assignments, the company said.

STI discussed how Alabama is using its web-based student information system to help drive student achievement. Alabama is one of 24 states that have implemented all 10 recommendations of the Data Quality Campaign, which tracks states’ progress toward a set of goals that will help them use data to improve education.  STI also introduced a new ad-hoc reporting tool, called InFocus, that is bundled into its software at no extra charge. The tool allows users to drill down through the data for more information on topics such as attendance trends, dropout rates, and so on. Users also can set up automatic alerts that will notify them when certain data points dip below a pre-defined threshold. is an online recruitment service that provides schools with a method for advertising to qualified educators nationwide. Users can post positions to a database of more than 125,000 certified educators, search the database and send targeted eMails to specific pools of candidates, hire an unlimited number of educators for one annual fee, and use a paperless applicant tracking system.

Tyler Technologies displayed Tyler Pulse for Schools, which acts as a central data repository, or information warehouse, and combines and transforms data into usable information that can be easily accessed and delivered. It offers key information about a school district, individual school, classroom, or student, the company said.

Worth Ave Group, affiliated with Student Insurance Policies, gave attendees information on laptop and iPad policies that can insure devices issued to students, teachers, and staff.

eSchool News Staff

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