Learning Management Systems

Maine District Selects Combined SIS LMS Assessment Platform

Maine Regional School Unit (RSU) #74 plans to implement a combined student information system (SIS), learning management system (LMS) and assessment platform.

In May, the Maine Department of Education selected the Synergy Education Platform from Edupoint Educational Systems as the state-level student information and reporting system. By providing the state with a centralized database to connect local and state data systems, the Maine DoE hopes to improve reporting and data accuracy, according to a news release. As part of the contract, state administrative units now have the option to license the Synergy Education Platform directly through the Department of Education at pre-negotiated rates, and RSU #74 is the first school district in the state to take advantage of that option.

"Maine's student data represents one of the cornerstones for the Department of Education as we try to make informed decisions on improving educational results," said Brian Snow, education data manager for the Maine Department of Education, in a news release. "The Synergy product promises better control of the quality of information collected, which can then ensure better decisions."

RSU #74 selected Edupoint's cloud-hosted option to reduce local IT costs and plans to implement numerous Synergy Education Platform components, including Synergy SIS, TeacherVUE with Gradebook, the ParentVUE and StudentVUE portals, LessonVUE curriculum management and Synergy Assessment. According to information on the company's site, features of the integrated system include online registration, role-based mobile applications, standards-aligned assessments and real-time analytics.

RSU #74 is planning to implement the Synergy Education Platform in phases. The district expects the Synergy SIS to be fully operational in August 2016.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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