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Edmodo updates student data privacy policy.

Edmodo updated their privacy policy.  A lot of other K-12 software companies are adopting the general policies required by the European Union's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  How does this impact US schools, if at all?

Below is the text sent via email today from Edmodo:

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Atheletics / Team Management Systems

This week's Systems Spotlight is Atheletics & Team Management systems.  So far, not a big selection to choose from, and unclear how well adopted these systems are, since we just added them recently to the site and to the upcoming 18/19 systems survey.  Time will tell.  If you know of any additional systems not on this small list, please let us know. 

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Athletics / Team Management

Athletics / Team Management software gives coaches and staff the resources needed to run their after-school programs. Good systems include payment systems, scheduling, health information, organize registration, create online tournament boards, etc.
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Website tools for ADA compliance

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ADA / OCR Compliance

ADA / OCR software aids school district personnel in making web sites accessible to those with visual, auditory and/or ambulatory impairments. We are currently tracking two products, Monsido and SiteImprove.  The page also has a few downloadable resources (no login required!), and a link to our discussion forums.

Do you know of a great resource for school districts struggling to get their websites ADA compliant?  Let us know and we'll list it here.

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Five-Way Merger Creates New Illuminate Education

lluminate Education, IO Education, SchoolCity, Alpine Achievement, and Key Data Systems merge to create the largest provider of data platforms, data, analytics, formative assessments, and a "whole view of the student." 

 Irvine, Lake Elsinore, and Santa Clara, CA., Atlanta, GA., and Centennial, CO. (July 03, 2018) Illuminate Education, the company transforming K-12 instruction through education intelligence solutions, has merged with IO Education, SchoolCity, Alpine Achievement, and Key Data Systems (KDS). The new company, called Illuminate Education, will be led by Christine Willig, a 25-year K-12 industry veteran. Insight Venture Partners, a New York-based venture capital and private equity firm focused on software investing and majority owner of Illuminate and KDS, facilitated the combination.

The merger combines leading formative assessment and data platforms (Illuminate Education, IO Education, SchoolCity and Alpine Achievement) with a leading formative item bank provider (Key Data Systems).

"We're going to deliver what educators and teachers ask for and students need – truly adaptive assessments, data and analytics that inform instruction, and linkages to curriculum and third-party resources in a single interoperable environment wherein choice and opportunity become nearly unlimited. The combined companies' expansive capabilities will save teachers time, serve each student's unique needs, and drive student achievement. Teachers and students will get what they need most – more time on the right task," said Christine Willig, CEO, Illuminate Education.

"This combination eliminates many barriers that were holding back the solution that educators tell us they want – 'all the data' on a 'single pane of glass'– providing a holistic view of the child that efficiently and effectively informs instruction. With nearly 15 million students and almost 300K formative assessment items on our combined platform, the opportunity to personalize learning is groundbreaking," said Adam Berger, Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners and Chairman of the new Illuminate Education.

By bringing together the best of what each formerly independent company offered into an open and interoperable environment, the newly formed Illuminate Education will support teachers, inform instruction, engage parents, and enhance individualized student achievement.

"We're thrilled to join the Illuminate Education family because of our shared mission to promote educator and student success," said Michael Williamson, Chief Executive Officer of IO Education.

"We recognize the growing importance of providing insights that empower educators to personalize the support they provide to each student," said Alisabeth Shearn, Chief Executive Officer of Alpine Achievement.

"We have long admired how Illuminate, IO, Alpine, and KDS have brought innovative solutions to the K-12 ecosystem. Merging in SchoolCity's ability to provide customized solutions will give educators the broadest set of choices," said Vaseem Anjum, Chief Executive Officer of SchoolCity.

Current customers of all five companies should expect minimal disruption as the merger occurs. "As we bring together the best aspects of each company's solutions to support educators and promote student success, we will put customers' needs at the forefront. It will be business as usual," said Willig.

With complete respect for privacy, a commitment to interoperability, and a singular focus on learning, Illuminate Education serves the art of teaching for positive student outcomes and ultimate success. By enabling teachers to teach to each student rather than teaching to the middle or to the test, both teachers and students win.

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, analytics, assessments and reporting. Illuminate serves more than 1,600 school districts and over 7 million students. Learn more at illuminateed.com

About Key Data Systems (KDS)
KDS is an educational research and content company serving K-12 educators by providing highly curated industry-leading item banks and a suite of over 500 pre-built formative assessments and solutions that combine rigor, innovation, and integrity. In 2017, KDS joined forces with Fluence Learning and Progress Testing to form the largest collection of formative assessment items in the education industry to inform instruction for increased student learning. KDS currently supports close to 12.5 million students in 43 states. For more information on Key Data Systems, visit http://www.keydatasys.com.

About IO Education
As a leader in the education technology industry for over 18 years, IO Education is on a mission to empower educators through data to improve educational outcomes. IO Education's award-winning solutions are used in all 50 states by over 7,500 schools and 120,000 educators, supporting instruction for over 6,000,000 students. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. http://ioeducation.com/

About SchoolCity
SchoolCity Inc., (est. 1999) is a premier provider of personalized learning solutions to the K-12 assessment platform industry. Customer-centric at its core, SchoolCity has become the standard for service and innovation. Its flagstaff assessment platform, SchoolCity® SUITE is trusted by more than 140 districts across 16 states and utilized by nearly 2 million students. SUITE provides users with meaningful, timely, and easy to read analytic and assessment solutions that inform decisions and increase student achievement. As a contributing member of IMS Global and focused on interoperability, SchoolCity seamlessly integrates into the educational ecosystem to unite assessment with curriculum, instruction, intervention and enrichment to provide our partners in education with a comprehensive solution to ensuring all students are college and career ready.

About Alpine Achievement
Based in Colorado, Alpine Achievement has been supporting school and district administrators and teachers since 2001. Data analysis and reporting combined with individual student plans for RTI, Early Literacy, Gifted, English Language Learners, and others, save significant time and help educators connect data, meaning, and action to support the needs of all learners. The recent addition of automated cross-measure Early Alert capabilities also makes Alpine a significant player in MTSS, graduate competencies, and dropout prevention. For more information on: www.alpineachievement.com.

About Insight Venture Partners
Insight Venture Partners is a leading global venture capital and private equity firm investing in high-growth technology and software companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. Founded in 1995, Insight has raised more than $18 billion and invested in over 300 companies worldwide. Our mission is to find, fund and work successfully with visionary executives, providing them with practical, hands-on growth expertise to foster long-term success. Across our people and our portfolio, we encourage a culture around a core belief: growth equals opportunity. For more information on Insight and all its investments, visit www.insightpartners.com or follow us on Twitter @insightpartners.

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Illuminate Education

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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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Learning Management Systems

Interesting article and stats about Learning Management systems used by school districts in other states.  As you know, this site looks mostly at California school district's use of systems.  But having a comparison to other states I think is also useful.  Worth a look.  The organization typically looks at Higher Education back-office systems.  This is one of their first forays into the K-12 community.

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G Suite Enterprise for Education Now Available

From: https://blog.google/products/g-suite/g-suite-enterprise-education-now-available/

Since launching G Suite for Education, we've heard a common request from colleges, universities and large school districts: the need for more advanced tools to meet their complex technology needs. In January, we announced G Suite Enterprise for Education, a new edition of G Suite for Education that offers additional enterprise-grade capabilities designed for large institutions and customized for education. Starting today, G Suite Enterprise for Education is generally available to educational institutions in the United States, and is coming to more countries soon. 


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Permission Click Adds Capital and Readies for International Expansion


(Winnipeg, Manitoba) March 21, 2018 — Permission Click, the global leader in K–12 school form automation, has closed a multimillion-dollar capital raise led by an international strategic investor. The new investment will allow Permission Click to significantly expand its school- facing organization across North America, while turning an eye to new markets overseas. The company is working to make more than a dozen new hires in sales, marketing, and product development.

Permission Click is best known for its School Edition, which delivers digital permission slips, forms, and payment collection for K–12 schools. It recently launched a premium, full-featured District Edition, which has quickly gained traction across the U.S. and Canada. Permission Click is already used by thousands of schools in more than 30 countries and 108 languages.

"School systems are facing widespread budget reductions, and we are seeing a big spike in district leaders focused on ways to do more with less," said Chris Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Permission Click. "With Permission Click, schools can not only find massive efficiencies by going digital, but for the first time they have a tool to implement more comprehensive risk- management practices that are critical to managing child safety and containing costs in today's increasingly litigious environment.'

Permission Click is built from the ground up to help K-12 systems manage risk and reduce liability by demonstrating that forms and processes have been consistently applied, that any required approvals (either internal or from parents) have been collected, and that documents have been securely archived.

"While we aren't disclosing the identity of our new partners just yet," said Johnson, "I can say we are thrilled. They share our vision to free schools from manual, paper-based processes and have invested in our company as a first step in our partnership. We are now working ahead to combine our award-winning platform with their deep education market expertise in their region to rapidly scale Permission Click in a whole new market."

About Permission Click

Permission Click is an award-winning Canadian education technology company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The company was founded in 2013 and currently employs 15 people. As the leading platform for districts' management of student permissions and internal workflows, Permission Click has thousands of users in most states and provinces in both Canada and the United States. For more information, please visit PermissionClick.com or call (844) PERMISSION (737-6477).

Press Contact:

Jacob Hanson 

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Microsoft and PowerSchool Partner

REDMOND, WASH., and FOLSOM, CA. – January 18, 2018 – Microsoft Corp. and PowerSchool, a leading provider of K-12 education technology solutions reaching over 30 million students in North America, today announced a new partnership that will bring together PowerSchool's innovative K-12 technologies with Microsoft's O365 for Education productivity suite, Windows devices, and cloud infrastructure to help ensure all students reach their full potential. Aligned around a shared vision that technology in education can help improve a child's future opportunities, the companies have committed to leveraging their best-in-class solutions to help educators, students and parents achieve their common goal of success in the classroom. 

By combining PowerSchool's award-winning Unified Classroom™ and Student Information System with Microsoft's productivity suite, Windows devices, and Azure infrastructure, the partnership will create classroom efficiencies, enable collaboration, and provide insights that allow teachers to spend more time teaching and less time focused on administrative tasks. Additionally, students will have the ability to engage with their teachers, other students, and classroom materials in ways that work best for them, and parents will be able to more easily understand and support their child's progress. PowerSchool's customers will also benefit from Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's secure and intelligent cloud. 

The partnership involves PowerSchool delivering apps on Azure which enables a high degree of scale and security, while providing a platform to more rapidly deliver innovations. "At Microsoft, we are working hard every day to give school leaders and educators the tools they need to unlock limitless learning for students, and this new partnership is a big step forward in that vision," said Eran Megiddo, Corporate Vice President of Education at Microsoft. "Working together, we'll deliver new solutions that connect PowerSchool's leading K-12 technology with Microsoft's cloud productivity and analytics to provide the best teaching and learning solutions for educational institutions to support the students of today in creating the world of tomorrow." The partnership will allow Microsoft and PowerSchool to reshape K-12 education in five key areas:


  1. Creating a unique and enhanced Unified Classroom experience — By embedding Microsoft Office 365, including OneDrive, OneNote, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote Class Notebook into PowerSchool's Unified Classroom, teachers will be able to manage all aspects of their classroom and use Microsoft Office 365 in one simple solution.
  2. Providing best-in-class cloud infrastructure — With PowerSchool's solutions hosted on Microsoft Azure, the partnership will offer advanced security, scalability, and reliability to their cloud solutions.
  3. Enabling Personalized Learning — The addition of Microsoft's solutions for education to the PowerSchool Unified Classroom will further empower students with more ways to demonstrate learning, collaborate with others, and personalize their learning experiences. The addition of Azure Machine Learning and Cognitive Services will enable PowerSchool to not only inform the learning process, but also adapt it in real time to meet the needs of each student.
  4. Providing Valuable Insights — By leveraging a combination of PowerSchool's Unified Insights platform and Microsoft's Power BI, the partnership will provide educators with the data they need to gain valuable insights into operational metrics and student performance.
  5. Creating a community of educators — The partnership is committed to helping the education community by sharing their decades of combined experience to help all educators grow and develop their skills in the classroom.


"At PowerSchool, we're dedicated to improving K-12 education and ensuring every student has the opportunity to achieve success in the classroom and beyond," said Hardeep Gulati, PowerSchool CEO. "Microsoft shares our mission to use innovative technologies to deliver transformational educational experiences. By partnering with Microsoft, we can better connect educators, students, and parents, delivering a stronger K-12 experience for all, in a way that is only possible due to our combined expertise." PowerSchool and Microsoft will be at multiple conferences throughout the year. See their innovation in action and learn more about the benefits this partnership offers K-12 schools and districts. 

About Microsoft Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. 

About PowerSchool Group LLC PowerSchool is a leading provider of K-12 education technology solutions that improve the education experience for educators, students, and parents in over 70 countries around the world. We provide the industry's first Unified Classroom solution, empowering teachers with best-in-class, secure, and compliant online solutions, including student information systems, learning management and classroom collaboration, assessment, analytics, behavior, and special education case management. We streamline school office and administration operations with online solutions for student registration, school choice, and finance/HR/ERP. We drive student growth through digital classroom capabilities and engage families through real-time communications across any device.    Visit https://www.powerschool.com/ to learn more.

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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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Intro to Data Impressions's services

Remember at Data Impressions, Making Good Impressions is Our Business.

Check out a showcase of Data Impression's white glove deployment services.

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Third Annual K-12 Systems Survey Now Available!

We just finished updating the survey itself (added additional categories and systems), and it's ready to go for the 17/18 school year. 

Please help us create the most up-to-date and comprehensive open-source listing of enterprise systems in use by California K-12 school districts.

Last year we had over 400 responses.  This year our goal is 500!  

Small districts and charter schools are welcome to update their systems too!

It just takes a few minutes to complete and you'll get an email with the results when they are completed!  

Having an understanding of which districts are using which systems helps us prioritize our open-source support initiatives.  

Sincerely,

Roberta Trujillo, Volunteer.

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Harris School Solutions now offering Edsby platform

Harris School Solutions has partnered with Edsby to offer the social learning and analytics system to K-12, charter school, and continuing education clients


Bethel Park, PA and Richmond Hill, Canada (April 18, 2017) - Harris School Solutions (HSS), the premier provider of technology solutions for K-12 districts, charter schools, and continuing education programs across North America, announced today that it has partnered with Edsby® and will offer the innovative learning and analytics platform as an integrated part of the HSS suite of Student Information Solutions (SIS) products.

The agreement makes HSS an authorized reseller of the state-of-the-art Edsby system in the United States through a non-exclusive arrangement.

According to Jeannie McClure, EVP of HSS' SIS business unit, 'We're excited to incorporate Edsby's platform into our SIS suite. This is something we plan not only to offer to all of our prospects, but also to our current clients. We feel that this is a great opportunity for them to get even more from the HSS solutions they already use and to really expand their capabilities in the classroom.'

The two companies are investing jointly in integration between Edsby - which connects parents, students, and teachers through a modern user experience - and various HSS student information solutions.

Said Edsby President John Myers, 'Harris School Solutions has a long and successful history of delivering rock-solid technology solutions and support to its education clients. We're pleased to now be working with its teams across the U.S. to bring Edsby to even more educational institutions.'

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 client care, and market-driven products. Visit www.HarrisSchoolSolutions.com to find out more.

About Edsby

Edsby is the most comprehensive learning and analytics platform available for K-12. Edsby engages students, parents and teachers on all of their devices. It enables personalized learning experiences and gives school districts, states and provinces or national governments powerful, new ways to measure and improve their educational effectiveness. Edsby is developed by CoreFour, a team that has been building scalable, reliable software systems for education organizations around the world for 30 years using latest technology and standards. Learn more at www.edsby.com | @edsby

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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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Educational Technical Standards 101

Access4Learning put together a great video explaining the concept of Interoperability Standards:

 

 

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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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