New assessment and data management solutions for schools

Developed in partnership with Johns Hopkins University and the At-Risk Foundation, the software uses these organizations’ biggest risk indicators—attendance, behavior, and course grades—to generate alerts. STI created the software for the state of Alabama, but it’s now available free of charge to any STI customers as part of the company’s Information Now student information system (SIS).

Pearson has introduced the latest versions of its PowerSchool SIS and PowerTeacher software. PowerSchool 7.0 features an improved technology infrastructure, the ability to translate PowerSchool into any language, and student record transfer capabilities that allow any district in North America to transfer student records into PowerSchool easily, the company says. PowerTeacher 2.3, an online teacher gradebook, now includes a custom comment bank, new sorting features, and the ability to track gradebook events.

Pearson says it has made a significant investment in the underlying technology for PowerSchool. “Over the last 18 months, we have replaced all legacy infrastructure within PowerSchool, so the system is now a 100-percent Java application that runs on the Oracle 11g database,” said Paul Fletcher, president of Pearson’s School Systems group. This upgrade has boosted the software’s performance, resulting in 50 percent fewer browser-to-server requests and reducing the time it takes to complete daily tasks and run reports, the company says.

Besides these infrastructure improvements, the new version of PowerSchool enables customers to transfer student records from one district to another more easily. This new functionality, powered by Pearson’s National Transcript Center, allows PowerSchool customers within the U.S. or Canada to request the electronic delivery of a new student’s records from any other North American school district. By acknowledging the request, the student’s previous school can transfer the records to the new school electronically through the National Transcript Center, saving time and effort for both districts.

eSchool News Staff

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