Media & Methods
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student information system as winner of their respective award programs for K-12 education.
PowerSchool is a completely Web-based student information system that enables districts and schools to record, access, report and manage their student data and performance records in real-time. Parents, students, teachers and administrators use the system to share information about grades, attendance records, and homework assignments.
The PowerSchool student information system is used by 2,000 schools in the U.S. Apple has announced plans to buy PowerSchool for US $62 million in Apple stock. The closing is subject to regulatory approvals, approval of PowerSchool shareholders, and other customary closing conditions. PowerSchool, located in Folsom, California currently has 160 employees.
The 2001 Awards Portfolio sponsored by Media & Methods magazine acknowledges technology products or services that generally contribute to excellence in K-12 schools. PowerSchool was evaluated by a team of educators who considered the system’s purpose, content, documentation and effectiveness. PowerSchool will be featured in the magazine’s May/June 2001 issue.
What’s New magazine’s 2001 award program recognizes education products for their relevance to family, consumer and health science educators as well as their effectiveness when used by guidance counselors. PowerSchool was selected for the What’s New award because the Web-based system includes communication tools that increase the school-to-home connection and empower guidance counselors with access to student data securely and in “real-time.”
With PowerSchool, teachers can enter grades and attendance information, post homework assignments, map learning activities to standards and monitor individual student progress or that of an entire class.
Administrators can use the system to centrally manage student records, eliminate manual data transfer, and automate many administrative functions, including the creation of state reports, report cards, transcripts, absentee lists and progress reports.
Parents can use the system with any home or office computer to check on their child’s grades, attendance records and home assignments in real-time. And they can elect to receive automatic updates of their children’s progress.
Apple’s WebObjects — the number one application platform for building Web server applications for the Web — provides the programming basis for PowerSchool’s application, giving it scalability and reliability.