SunGard K-12 Education today announced the release of the eSchoolPLUS Family App. Designed to tighten the feedback loop between schools and families, the Family App puts just-in-time information that supports student achievement at the fingertips of parents/guardians and students on their mobile device.

In designing the Family App, Chris Everleth, SunGard K-12 Education’s vice president of development, said the company wanted to establish a new paradigm for student information systems. “We wanted to create innovative, action-oriented support for today’s schools,” says Everleth. “The Family App goes beyond providing a static display of repository data to offering information in a way that helps drive effective decision making by students and parents.”

Easy-to-view icons quickly connect students, parents, and guardians with classwork, schedules, attendance, grades, activities, and more. By displaying data through the lens of action, the Family App helps schools and families support student achievement. In addition, the Family App is a 21st-century tool that helps students develop skills in productivity and time management that can benefit them throughout their life.

“Recent research by the University of New Hampshire suggests there is a causal link between the involvement and awareness of parents and guardians and how well a student does in the classroom. Our Family App is designed to put more of that just-in-time information at their fingertips so that it can be tightly coupled with their knowledge of what’s going on in their student’s life. With those insights, parents and guardians can structure what happens at home to support their student’s success,” says Everleth. “And, for students, the Family App connects them with their education in a way that’s both meaningful and familiar—helping make it easier to manage their assignments and prepare for their assessments.”

The Family App is available for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on the App Store, for Android devices on Google Play, and for Kindle on Amazon.

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 100 countries and has more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit

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