SunGard K-12 Education today announced that eSchoolPLUS Teacher Access Center was named a finalist for the 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best Classroom Management Solution. The SIIA CODiE Awards, which are one of the premier awards for the software and information industries, have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have more than 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.

This year’s program features 31 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. Winners will be announced during a special awards dinner on Tuesday, May 13, at the Education Industry Summit, which is an education technology conference being held in San Francisco, Calif.

Teacher Access Center, the heart of the classroom management system in eSchoolPLUS, allows teachers to quickly access information and processes they need and helps them communicate efficiently with parents and school administrators. The software’s standard-based gradebook is easily customizable and provides tools for rapidly adding new assignments, entering scores, and extracting grades. It puts tools at teachers’ fingertips that help boost their success with implementing a standards-aligned curriculum, such as the Common Core State Standards.

Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Education’s director of product management, says that SunGard K-12 Education is honored by this prestigious recognition.

“We share this honor with our customers nationwide. Because we’ve closely listened to them and diligently worked to address their needs, our software features the robust functionality that is essential for 21st-century schools,” says Hames, noting that these features will serve as a springboard for future advances. “eSchoolPLUS Teacher Access Center is very forward-thinking in its structure, which will allow us to launch into other initiatives that we see emerging in K-12 education.”

Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division is looking forward to honoring the finalists at the Education Summit. “This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products,” she says. “We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 119 products.” Details about each finalist are listed at

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content, and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information, visit

About SunGard K-12 Education
SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. The PLUS 360 products are a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suite—which provides district staff with anytime, anywhere access to important district information—can be deployed to work together to help meet educational goals and requirements or implemented as stand-alone systems. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at

About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies, with annual revenue of about $2.8 billion. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, education, and the public sector. SunGard serves approximately 16,000 customers in more than 70 countries and has more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit

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