Student Information Systems
California District Upgrades SIS, Online Registration
The Torrance Unified
School District will replace its current student information
system (SIS) with a new SIS and an online
district selected PowerSchool's SIS, a web-based system designed for K-12 schools with a range of
school-level tools for administrators, a gradebook (PowerTeacher
Pro) and other tools for teachers, along with
real-time access to
grades, attendance and assignments for parents and students through a
portal or mobile app.
representatives said they believe it will streamline processes for the 24,400-student
It will give parents access to information that they have not had in
so they can monitor their children's proficiency on standards and
real-time alerts that are specific to their families.
an antiquated student information system in place that isn't easily
by everyone at the district," said Torrance USD Chief Educational
and Information Services Officer Gil Mara. "PowerSchool is completely
and device-agnostic, making it easy to deploy for an entire school
Registration will replace a packet of 20 to 30 pages that
families had to fill
out at the beginning of each school year, as well as eliminating the
amount of data entry school staff members had to then input. The
format will allow families with more than one child to avoid inputting
information more than once with a "snap" function.
were wondering why they had to fill out the same information over and
again," said Mara. "It's not efficient and we use too much paper on a
basis to complete this process."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.