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Aeries Software adopts Ed-Fi Standard

Aeries Software, the leading provider of student data management systems in California with over 530 public school districts utilizing the Aeries® Student Information System (SIS), today announced at its annual fall User's Conference that it has committed to delivering interoperability to its customers by adopting the Ed-Fi Data Standard, which is a way for multiple sources of data to seamlessly and securely connect. Aeries Software is currently pursuing Ed-Fi Certification, which will ensure the technology platforms are mapped correctly and will work as intended. Aeries Software will be offering this additional functionality to its school districts at no cost.

"By adopting the Ed-Fi Data Standard into our SIS, we are signaling our commitment to open standards, security and our customers, including the important populations they serve. Through this offering and our partnership with the Ed-Fi Alliance, we can help California districts maximize school resources when connecting data structures, ultimately providing secure analysis with clarity," said Brent Lloyd, Vice President of Aeries Software. "We are very proud to offer this robust integration platform to all Aeries Software customers."

Currently, school districts must write custom integrations each time they want to utilize a new software or technology tool. Even when they can successfully integrate a new software platform into their IT architecture, the data generated is siloed in its own system. This can waste valuable time for teachers and administrators that must log into multiple systems, making a complete picture of student progress near impossible.

There is a better, more efficient way to support educators and students. By standardizing on the Ed-Fi platform, technology providers, like Aeries Software and the school districts they serve, will have the benefits of dynamic data integration and ultimately the ability to surface real-time or near-real-time information to educators, administrators, parents and students in order to deliver the correct educational supports when it's needed most.

Further, by adopting Ed-Fi's Technology Suite, Aeries Software can strengthen California schools' ability to select "best-of-breed" tools, enhancing Aeries SIS student data with the district's choice of assessment and achievement data.

Aeries Software will be offering California schools a dynamic data integration with their Aeries Student Information System (SIS) and a wide variety of teaching and learning systems. Schools adopting the Ed-Fi Data Standard will provide educators greater access to many software resources with seamless data exchange with the Aeries SIS. Learning Management Systems (LMS), Assessment Testing, and Individualized Education Programs (IEP) will integrate with ease to the Aeries SIS using the Ed-Fi Data Standard.

To learn more about the Ed-Fi Alliance, interoperability, the Ed-Fi Technology Suite and its benefits to local education agencies please visit http://www.ed-fi.org

For the original version on PRWeb visit: https://www.prweb.com/releases/largest_california_student_information_system_provider_aeries_software_commits_to_bringing_real_time_data_into_classrooms_to_better_support_educators_and_students/prweb15821024.htm

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Illuminate becomes Google Premier Partner.

IRVINE, Calif. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (PRWEB) June 25, 2018

Illuminate Education, a leading K-12 Education Intelligence Platform (EIP), today announced it has been certified as a Google for Education Premier Partner. As part of the partnership, Illuminate Education also selected Google Cloud Platform to power the Illuminate EIP. The collaboration will create interoperability with Google Classroom, streamlined navigation for users, and enhanced insights to drive personalized learning.

As a Google for Education Premier Partner, Illuminate Education is integrating its entire suite of products into the Google Cloud ecosystem, including full support of Google for Education productivity tools. The collaboration will focus on these key components:

– Google Cloud Platform (GCP) – Illuminate has selected GCP as its cloud platform provider and will be migrating its solutions to GCP. Google Cloud Platform, the same platform powering Google Search and YouTube, provides a secure, reliable, high-performance infrastructure with powerful data and analytics capabilities.

– Integration of Google Classroom – Illuminate users will enjoy single sign-on, direct links to Illuminate's Data & Assessment platform within Google Classroom's interface, and syncs from Illuminate to Google Cloud around gradebook and assessment results to provide greater interoperability between the two systems. Educators will be able to connect learning activities in Classroom with assessments from Illuminate to create a more comprehensive learning experience.

– Support for Chromebooks – This includes: (1) Full integration of online assessment and learning solutions for students. (2) Secure browsing during testing. (3) Immediate feedback via integration with Illuminate's Lightning Grader scanning application.

– Machine Learning and Analytics – By combining Google Cloud's advanced software tools and cutting edge TensorFlow Processing Units with Illuminate's learning data, Illuminate's ability to analyze big data sets and drive key predictive insights into student learning and performance will be enhanced.

"The integration between Illuminate and Google Cloud is going to be a game changer and is exactly what we asked for," said Margaux Cruz, instructional technology teacher on special assignment at Alta Loma School District. "Assignments, assessments and grades will flow between the two systems and make life easier for both teachers and students as they feel like they are living in one platform. I can't wait to see what else comes out of this partnership."

Illuminate Education is building additional online assessment support for Chromebooks, including integration of the Respondus LockDown Browser, an industry standard for web-based test security. Illuminate also enabled full Chromebook support for Lightning Grader, Illuminate's paper/pencil scanning and scoring solution, by utilizing the Chromebook camera to instantly score scan sheets. This provides immediate feedback for teachers on student performance.

"We are thrilled to welcome Illuminate as a Google for Education Premier Technology Partner," said Emma Fish, head of Google for Education Business Development. "Illuminate's use of Google Cloud will power data analytics and drive insights into their data sets, enhancing student learning and performance. The collaboration will also save Classroom and Illuminate users time and allow them to interact seamlessly with the two platforms."

"We're excited to extend Illuminate's 'all-the-data' concept with Google Cloud Platform because it enables more options for personalized learning and unparalleled insights," said Bryan MacDonald, chief technology officer at Illuminate Education. "We strive to provide a whole-child perspective so that educators can make the most informed decisions. This partnership will equip educators with better tools to inspire students and close achievement gaps."

To learn more about the details of the partnership, visit http://illuminateed.com/google.

About Illuminate Education

Illuminate Education is a leading provider of K-12 software and services. An educator perspective drives Illuminate's solutions, which are designed to maximize instructional time, streamline educator tasks and support data-driven decision-making. Illuminate's award-winning Education Intelligence Platform (EIP) consists of a product suite featuring data, assessments and reporting. Illuminate serves more than 1,600 school districts and over 7 million students. Learn more at illuminateed.com. 

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Finally! A way to transfer assignments/grades in PowerSchool!

Assignment and Grade Transfer Plug-in
Moving assignment and grade information for students moving from one section of a course to another is manual process and a major pain in PowerSchool. Computer Logic Group has developed a simple plug-in that turns this laborious job into a smooth, efficient transaction for teachers inside of PowerTeacher Pro. This may well be the number one enhancement request from PowerSchool users, so spend 10 minutes walking through how this plug-in will save your team time and frustration while making you a hero to all!

Click on the date you would like to join us to register!
Wed May 30th 2:00 pm - 2:20 pm
Thurs May 31st 10:00 am - 10:20 am
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Illuminate Education acquires eduCLIMBER

Illuminate Education, the company transforming K-12 instruction through educational intelligence solutions, has joined forces with eduCLIMBER, a unique cloud-based data system that increases efficiency and accuracy of data analysis to improve student outcomes. eduCLIMBER is based in Evansville, Wis. and currently serves hundreds of school districts.

The dynamic combination will add eduCLIMBER's data capabilities, which focus on the visualization of both academic and behavioral data, to Illuminate Education's established Education Intelligence Platform. The companies' aligned missions and complementary technologies will allow them to provide increasingly more useful and user-friendly data to K-12 districts through a strengthened set of product offerings.

"Illuminate Education and eduCLIMBER's shared focus on utilizing data to improve student outcomes makes this combination powerful," said Max Carnecchia, CEO of Illuminate Education. "eduCLIMBER's abilities are unparalleled in providing teachers and administrators with digestible and visual student data. These tools produce automated data walls, saving teachers' valuable planning time. Specialists can easily monitor student progress and administrators can quickly triangulate and compare student data across a school or district."

The Illuminate team of educators has been committed to creating tools that promote student and educator success since 2009. Since Illuminate Education's founding, K-12 districts have increasingly looked to organize key data functions such as student information systems, data warehouses, assessment management and individual education plans in special education. To address these needs, Illuminate Education developed its Education Intelligence Platform to consolidate these functionalities into one simple, effective system.

Founded in 2013, eduCLIMBER has been on a similar path to improve education through data visualization, particularly to enhance Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

"This is a true partnership of two companies who are passionate about helping educators with their data," said Matt Harris, co-founder of eduCLIMBER. "Together, we will give educators what they've been dreaming of — a single system to aggregate and visualize their student data, which then enables them to identify strategies for improving student outcomes."

To learn more about Illuminate Education, please visit http://illuminateed.com.

About Illuminate Education
Illuminate Education is a leading provider of K-12 software and services. An educator perspective drives all of Illuminate's solutions, which are designed to maximize instructional time, streamline educator tasks and support data-driven decision-making. Illuminate's award-winning Education Intelligence Platform consists of a product suite featuring data, assessments, student information, special education and reporting. Illuminate serves more than 1,600 school districts and over 5.4 million users including students, parents, teachers and administrators. Learn more at http://illuminateed.com.

About eduCLIMBER
eduCLIMBER is a unique cloud-based data system created for educators by educators. Making data analysis more efficient and accurate, educators can maximize time and focus on what's important -- improving student outcomes. eduCLIMBER allows districts to manage both academic and behavioral data under one system in order to make effective data-based decisions about student achievement and professional learning.

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New Aeries Webinar Workshops

The Aeries website has been updated with the workshops being offered in the Spring.

Please visit the Aeries website at www.aeries.com/workshops-events for detailed information on the workshops available.


Webinar workshops now open for registration:



Aeries Career Pathways

Aeries Career Pathway Dashboard makes CALPADS reporting a much easier task.  Join us for an interactive session to learn how to identify your Career Pathway students and tag them for 2016-2017 EOY data requirements.

Aeries Web Security & Portal Options

An overview of implementing and managing Aeries security, portal options, portal account management, and portal groups security.

Aeries Database Administrator (DBA) Overview

Understanding the role, responsibilities, and best practices of the Aeries DBA. Best practices for Aeries SQL database management in a production environment.

Aeries Re-Registration E28093 Parent Data Confirmation

Learn how this included feature of the parent portal can save schools a great deal of time and expense normally associated with the printing, packaging, and distribution of New School Year re-registration packets.


CALPADS EOY 2&3

A combined analysis of the first part of the 4 different CALPADS EOY submissions:

1. Course Completion and Career and Technical Education (CTE)
2. Program Participation
3. Discipline
4. *New* STAS file

For each CALPADS EOY submission, an overview of the data management expectations and the Aeries data entry forms will be discussed, as well as an overview of the most common CALPADS submission errors.


CALPADS EOY 1 & STAS

A combined analysis of the second part of the 4 different CALPADS EOY
submissions:

1. Course Completion and Career and Technical Education (CTE)
2. Program Participation
3. Discipline
4. *New* STAS file

For each CALPADS EOY submission, an overview of the data management expectations and the Aeries data entry forms will be discussed, as well as an overview of the most common CALPADS submission errors.


Closing Out the School Year

How the "closing out the school year" process for CALPADS is completed in Aeries. This will include how Aeries handles E155s, exiting students, Graduates/Matriculating students, and the reporting of the UC/CSU eligible students. Also, how to manage new RFEP students so they report correctly in the SELA process.

Register for webinar workshops http://www.aeries.com/workshops-events

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Harris School Solutions Acquires Quintessential School Systems

Bethel Park, PA: Harris School Solutions (HSS), the premier provider of technology solutions for K-12 districts, charter schools, and continuing education programs across North America, announced the recent acquisition of Quintessential School Systems (QSS), a provider of administrative software and consulting services for those same educational markets.

By purchasing the San Carlos, California-based company, HSS looks not only to expand its line of high-quality software, hardware, and services, but also to increase its presence in California, thereby benefiting – while also expanding – its Financial Solutions business unit’s clientele in the region.

Said Scott Schollenberger, EVP of HSS’ Financial Solutions unit, “We’re excited to bring QSS, its employees, its products, and its services into the Harris School Solutions family. Obviously, this is great news for us as a company in that we’re building a larger presence in California, but more importantly this really is going to make a positive difference for our clients. They’ll have access to even more great resources for their schools and programs.”

The QSS resources to which Schollenberger alluded include, most notably, QSS/OASIS, a complete administrative solution featuring a system of fully integrated modules ranging from General Ledger, Payroll and Fixed Assets to Inventory, Base Personnel, Position Control and more.

Schollenberger pointed to both the current success and the future potential of QSS/OASIS in particular as a major factor behind the decision to make the purchase, saying, “QSS/OASIS is capable of going beyond single school districts; it actually can and already does support multi-district agencies, such as county offices of Education, and also community colleges. We see this product as a way to bolster what we offer now while opening even more doors for HSS in the future.”

Similarly, QSS expressed its excitement over joining with HSS. According to Duane Percox, COO of the company prior to its acquisition, “Harris School Solutions is an outstanding organization, not just because of its products and services, but also because of the people who offer them. The people within the company are the real deal, so I’m thrilled to be working with them. Together, we’re going to offer our same great products and services, but to many, many more schools across North America.”

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About Harris School Solutions:

Founded in 1976, Harris School Solutions is a leading provider of diverse and pioneering software solutions for the K-12, Charter School, and Continuing Education markets, offering sophisticated technology, outstanding customer care, and market-driven products. Click here to learn more about Harris School Solutions.

About QSS:

Quintessential School Systems was founded in 1990 by five partners who had already accumulated over 80 years of combined experience providing data processing solutions for public school districts.  With a skilled staff focused on the public school market, QSS provides quality solutions for school-business computing needs.

Contact Information:

Trisha Daniel, Marketing Manager
Harris School Solutions

412-337-1171
www.harrisschoolsolutions.com   

 

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Illuminate Ed Conference - San Diego Feb 21/22

I'll be blogging about the Illuminate Conference today and tomorrow.  Excited to see how large this group has grown over the last few years!

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Naiku and Infinite Campus Announce Partnership

Naiku and Infinite Campus announced today a partnership for integrating Naiku assessment software with the Infinite Campus SIS. The companies have achieved interoperability using the IMS LTI standard, demonstrating tasks such as single-signon from Infinite Campus to Naiku and transfer of assessment scores from Naiku to the Infinite Campus gradebook. See this Press Release for additional details.

The integration leverages the IMS® LTI interoperability standard to seamlessly work together, aiding workflow and ease-of-use for teachers and students. Teachers can accomplish tasks in Naiku, such as creating, importing, selecting, and/or assigning tests, directly from their Infinite Campus account. Similarly, students can take tests in Naiku directly from Infinite Campus; no separate login is required into their secure account. Data, such as assessment scores, transfers automatically to Infinite Campus as well.

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Millbrae USD adopts Edupoint's Registration & Assessment Products

Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, has been selected by Millbrae School District (MSD) to implement the company’s Synergy Online Registration and Synergy Assessment solutions.

MILLBRAE, Calif. — Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, has been selected by Millbrae School District (MSD) to implement the company’s Synergy Online Registration and Synergy Assessment solutions, and the Inspect(R) Item Bank from Key Data Systems that works seamlessly with Synergy Assessment. MSD is located in San Mateo County in the San Francisco Bay Area.

These modules will augment the district’s current implementation of Synergy Education Platform, which includes Synergy Student Information System, Master Schedule Builder, the ParentVUE(R) and StudentVUE(R) web portals and mobile apps, and the TeacherVUE(R) Portal with gradebook. All Synergy modules are fully integrated across the platform and provide real-time information to stakeholders.

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Another big acquisition for PowerSchool . . .

From the PowerSchool press release Dec 7th, 2016;

I am excited to announce that PowerSchool has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SunGard K-12, a leading provider of cloud-enabled ERP and back- office solutions designed to power school operations and improve efficiency.

SunGard’s ERP platform provides comprehensive finance, human resources, payroll, and compliance capabilities that are developed and fully adaptable to meet the needs of K-12 schools and districts. This acquisition will provide significant value to our education community by bringing together K-12 focused cloud ERP with PowerSchool’s best-in-class Unified Classroom and Student Information System.

Thank you for your continued support. In the meantime, for more information, please visit www.powerschool.com/sungardk12

Regards,

Hardeep Gulati

PowerSchool CEO

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Aeries Data Entry Guide (2015)

We just posted a wonderful resource sent to us from Redding School District. If you are an Aeries SIS user you will find this data entry guide extremely valuable. And if you don't use Aeries - we need whatever publicly sharable documents you have! (Please no proprietary vendor documents unless they are specifically in the public domain). Registered members of this site can "Add a File" by choosing that link from their "USER" menu. Documents are reviewed to make sure they fit with the document sharing policy of the site and then published in an appropriate category.

Check the downloads area.  It's posted under the "CALPADS" section.  Remember to log in first!Redding USD School Logo open book pages

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PowerSchool acquires Chalkable

PowerSchool today announced it had acquired Chalkable, a provider of student achievement and regional education data management solutions. The acquisition brings positive behavior intervention and classroom culture into the PowerSchool 'Unified Classroom' Solution to further empower teachers and improve school culture by teaching students' social skills that contribute to good character and a positive classroom environment. "We believe adding PowerSchool's Unified Classroom to current Chalkable solutions will help their teachers more effectively instruct, assess, evaluate, and improve learning outcomes for their students" said Powerschool CEO Hardeep Gulati.

"We believe adding PowerSchool's Unified Classroom to current Chalkable solutions will help their teachers more effectively instruct, assess, evaluate, and improve learning outcomes for their students"

PowerSchool CEO Hardeep Gulati

This is the sixth major software company to be acquired by PowerSchool in the last year. In August, PowerSchool purchased SRB Education Solutions, which provides business management software to school districts in Canada and the U.S. In June, PowerSchool acquired the LMS company Haiku Learning. Its technology allows PowerSchool to offer online content, such as other companies' websites, in a controlled environment. In April, it bought Tienet from Maximus, used to manage special education programs.

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