Student Information Systems
California District Adopts New SIS To Deliver More Information to Stakeholders
The Alden Central School
District in Folsom, CA, has switched to a new student
information system (SIS)
in an effort to provide more student information to
parents and staff than it does with its current system.
The district selected PowerSchool's SIS, a
web-based system designed for K-12 schools. It includes a range of
school-level tools for administrators, a gradebook (PowerTeacher Pro) and
other tools for teachers, and real-time access to grades, attendance
assignments for parents and students through a web portal or mobile app.
to foster a collaborative environment between teachers, parents and
said District Information Technology Director Frank Rizzo. "Parents can
download the mobile app to communicate with teachers and evaluate their
academic progress. It encourages parents to be actively involved in
PowerTeacher Pro, administrators, parents and students will be able to
assignments, scores, grades, comments and progress toward standards in
time. Families will be able to monitor students' proficiency on
even get alerts specific to their own children.
was a key factor in our district's decision to switch," said Rizzo.
gives us the ability to add custom fields and screens so that our
functional for us. As a previous PowerSchool user, I know that it's not
matter of 'if' we can change something, but 'when.'"
PowerSchool also partners
with a number of education technology databases, allowing the Alden
understand more about where its students stand in comparison to other
in the country.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.