Student Information Systems
Minnesota District Picks New, Cheaper SIS
school district south of Minnesota's Twin
Cities will save $33,000 a year with a new student information system
July, the West
St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan
Area School District will begin using an SIS provided by Infinite
district chose the new system to provide better tools for
data management than its current system.
at the 4,900-student school
district began evaluating its current system last year by gathering
teachers, staff, students and parents. It found via focus groups and
surveys that with its legacy system there were often redundancies in
information and there were difficulties with navigating the system.
leaders said they believe the new Infinite
Campus system will give teachers and staff more access to data and more
reporting capabilities. They said it will provide a more intuitive
district with eight schools reviewed six
systems before picking this one.
excited," said District Technology Director
Dave Sandum. "Their software will provide teachers and staff with easy
to data and give them better reporting capabilities, which they can use
modify their teaching and make better instructional decisions. The
integrates well with the other systems we currently use, it has an
and a secure, robust functionality that will help us streamline
manage our student data."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.