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Blackboard and Pearson Forge Partnership to Integrate Platforms

Education service providers Blackboard and Pearson have struck an agreement that aims to improve integration of their complementary platforms. The partnership, according to the companies, will focus on enhancing the accuracy and exchange of data between Blackboard's K-12 solutions and Pearson's PowerSchool student information system.

Blackboard Connect, a mass notification system, will be the first Blackboard system to be integrated with PowerSchool. New features include the ability to push notifications from within PowerSchool as well as more options for sending automated notifications to parents.

The new partnership follows a number of requests from educators that use the companies' systems. "Danvers Public Schools uses both PowerSchool and Blackboard solutions and ends up having to manage several daily changes," said Lisa Zaia said, database manager for the Massachusetts district, in a prepared statement. "We are thrilled that Blackboard and Pearson have agreed to improve their product integration to provide better accuracy of our student and staff information."

The companies plan to integrate additional K-12 Blackboard systems with PowerSchool over the next year. More information about the platforms is available online.

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Kanoe Namahoe is online editor for 1105 Media's Education Group. She can be reached at knamahoe@1105media.com.

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