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PowerSchool announces definitive agreement to acquire Schoology

​Below is the text sent via email today from PowerSchool CEO, Hardeep Gulati: I'm excited to announce that on October 24, 2019, PowerSchool signed a definitive agreement to acquire Schoology, a leading K-12 learning management system (LMS). PowerSchool currently supports 45 million students with its full suite of K-12 technology solutions, including industry-leading student information systems, assessment and analytics, special education, finance, HR, and talent management tools. Schoology supports more than 20 million users through its learning management and embedded formative assessment platform. Adding Schoology's best-in-class LMS to PowerSchool's award-winning Unified Classroom™ w...
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OTUS Assessments adds Desmos Integration

Otus is a single platform for teachers that combines an LMS, an assessment management system, a data warehouse, and a collection of classroom management tools in one place- making teachers more efficient than they can be when all of these systems are disconnected.  Otus is excited to be releasing an integration with Desmos within the next few weeks. Watch a 45-second video here. Since the majority of state-level assessments expect students to use the Desmos calculators on the math portions of their tests, integrating the same tools within Otus assessments will allow students to use the tools throughout the year on district, building, or teacher-created formative and summative assessment...

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EDCITE now integrates with Google Classroom Gradebook


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IlluminateEd User Conference - San Diego Jan 30-Feb 1

San Diego Conference Center - Jan 30-Feb 1st

​Attending the Illuminate Education User Conference in San Diego at the end of this month?  Stop by the CASDAAP booth to learn more about the California Association of School Data, Assessment, and Accountability Professionals.  Mention that you saw this announcement and claim your free prize (while dwindling supplies last!)  Or just stop by and talk to Chris or Kate from CASDAAP. More info about the Illuminate conference: More info about CASDAAP:
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SchoolCity Assessment achieves IMS Certification

By becoming IMS Global certified, Illuminate continues to demonstrate a sincere commitment to interoperability standards," said Jason Naile, director of instructional technology and media at Forsyth County Schools in Georgia. To fulfill its promise to provide collaborative solutions to educators, Illuminate Education, the leading K-12 Education Intelligence Platform (EIP), announces that its suite of SchoolCity personalized learning solutions is IMS Global Standards certified. Through this certification, Illuminate Education is meeting its pledge to open standards in light of the critical needs of schools and districts to standardize the usability of digital teaching and learning tools acros...
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Aeries Software adopts Ed-Fi Standard

Aeries Software, the leading provider of student data management systems in California with over 530 public school districts utilizing the Aeries® Student Information System (SIS), today announced at its annual fall User's Conference that it has committed to delivering interoperability to its customers by adopting the Ed-Fi Data Standard, which is a way for multiple sources of data to seamlessly and securely connect. Aeries Software is currently pursuing Ed-Fi Certification, which will ensure the technology platforms are mapped correctly and will work as intended. Aeries Software will be offering this additional functionality to its school districts at no cost. "By adopting the Ed-Fi Data St...
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Edmodo updates student data privacy policy.

Edmodo updated their privacy policy.  A lot of other K-12 software companies are adopting the general policies required by the European Union's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  How does this impact US schools, if at all? Below is the text sent via email today from Edmodo: Hi there, Our goal is to make sure that you love using Edmodo. Part of that is giving you the best possible experience as you use our service today, tomorrow, and in the future. We believe it's critical to protect your privacy as part of that experience. We also want to be as transparent as possible about the personal data that we collect and use to provide this service to you. That's why we're reachin...
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Five-Way Merger Creates New Illuminate Education


lluminate Education, IO Education, SchoolCity, Alpine Achievement, and Key Data Systems merge to create the largest provider of data platforms, data, analytics, formative assessments, and a "whole view of the student."   Irvine, Lake Elsinore, and Santa Clara, CA., Atlanta, GA., and Centennial, CO. (July 03, 2018) – Illuminate Education, the company transforming K-12 instruction through education intelligence solutions, has merged with IO Education, SchoolCity, Alpine Achievement, and Key Data Systems (KDS). The new company, called Illuminate Education, will be led by Christine Willig, a 25-year K-12 industry veteran. Insight Venture Partners, a New York-based venture capital and p...
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Illuminate becomes Google Premier Partner.

IRVINE, Calif. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (PRWEB) June 25, 2018 Illuminate Education, a leading K-12 Education Intelligence Platform (EIP), today announced it has been certified as a Google for Education Premier Partner. As part of the partnership, Illuminate Education also selected Google Cloud Platform to power the Illuminate EIP. The collaboration will create interoperability with Google Classroom, streamlined navigation for users, and enhanced insights to drive personalized learning. As a Google for Education Premier Partner, Illuminate Education is integrating its entire suite of products into the Google Cloud ecosystem, including full support of Google for Education productivity tools. ...
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Finally! A way to transfer assignments/grades in PowerSchool!

Assignment and Grade Transfer Plug-in Moving assignment and grade information for students moving from one section of a course to another is manual process and a major pain in PowerSchool. Computer Logic Group has developed a simple plug-in that turns this laborious job into a smooth, efficient transaction for teachers inside of PowerTeacher Pro. This may well be the number one enhancement request from PowerSchool users, so spend 10 minutes walking through how this plug-in will save your team time and frustration while making you a hero to all!Click on the date you would like to join us to register!Wed May 30th 2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Thurs May 31st 10:00 am - 10:20 am
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Learning Management Systems

Interesting article and stats about Learning Management systems used by school districts in other states.  As you know, this site looks mostly at California school district's use of systems.  But having a comparison to other states I think is also useful.  Worth a look.  The organization typically looks at Higher Education back-office systems.  This is one of their first forays into the K-12 community. Preliminary Data on K-12 LMS Market - LISTedTECH Enter some description here... http://listedtech.com/preliminary-data-k-12-lms-market/
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G Suite Enterprise for Education Now Available

From: https://blog.google/products/g-suite/g-suite-enterprise-education-now-available/ Since launching G Suite for Education, we've heard a common request from colleges, universities and large school districts: the need for more advanced tools to meet their complex technology needs. In January, we announced G Suite Enterprise for Education, a new edition of G Suite for Education that offers additional enterprise-grade capabilities designed for large institutions and customized for education. Starting today, G Suite Enterprise for Education is generally available to educational institutions in the United States, and is coming to more countries soon.  Read Article
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Permission Click Adds Capital and Readies for International Expansion

(Winnipeg, Manitoba) March 21, 2018 — Permission Click, the global leader in K–12 school form automation, has closed a multimillion-dollar capital raise led by an international strategic investor. The new investment will allow Permission Click to significantly expand its school- facing organization across North America, while turning an eye to new markets overseas. The company is working to make more than a dozen new hires in sales, marketing, and product development. Permission Click is best known for its School Edition, which delivers digital permission slips, forms, and payment collection for K–12 schools. It recently launched a premium, full-featured District Edition, which has quickly g...
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Microsoft and PowerSchool Partner

REDMOND, WASH., and FOLSOM, CA. – January 18, 2018 – Microsoft Corp. and PowerSchool, a leading provider of K-12 education technology solutions reaching over 30 million students in North America, today announced a new partnership that will bring together PowerSchool's innovative K-12 technologies with Microsoft's O365 for Education productivity suite, Windows devices, and cloud infrastructure to help ensure all students reach their full potential. Aligned around a shared vision that technology in education can help improve a child's future opportunities, the companies have committed to leveraging their best-in-class solutions to help educators, students and parents achieve their common goal ...
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Illuminate Education acquires eduCLIMBER

Illuminate Education, the company transforming K-12 instruction through educational intelligence solutions, has joined forces with eduCLIMBER, a unique cloud-based data system that increases efficiency and accuracy of data analysis to improve student outcomes. eduCLIMBER is based in Evansville, Wis. and currently serves hundreds of school districts. The dynamic combination will add eduCLIMBER's data capabilities, which focus on the visualization of both academic and behavioral data, to Illuminate Education's established Education Intelligence Platform. The companies' aligned missions and complementary technologies will allow them to provide increasingly more useful and user-friendly data to ...
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Third Annual K-12 Systems Survey Now Available!


We just finished updating the survey itself (added additional categories and systems), and it's ready to go for the 17/18 school year.  Please help us create the most up-to-date and comprehensive open-source listing of enterprise systems in use by California K-12 school districts. Last year we had over 400 responses.  This year our goal is 500!   Small districts and charter schools are welcome to update their systems too! It just takes a few minutes to complete and you'll get an email with the results when they are completed!   Having an understanding of which districts are using which systems helps us prioritize our open-source support initiatives.   Since...
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Harris School Solutions now offering Edsby platform

Harris School Solutions has partnered with Edsby to offer the social learning and analytics system to K-12, charter school, and continuing education clients Bethel Park, PA and Richmond Hill, Canada (April 18, 2017) - Harris School Solutions (HSS), the premier provider of technology solutions for K-12 districts, charter schools, and continuing education programs across North America, announced today that it has partnered with Edsby® and will offer the innovative learning and analytics platform as an integrated part of the HSS suite of Student Information Solutions (SIS) products. The agreement makes HSS an authorized reseller of the state-of-the-art Edsby system in the United States through ...
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New Aeries Webinar Workshops

The Aeries website has been updated with the workshops being offered in the Spring.Please visit the Aeries website at www.aeries.com/workshops-events for detailed information on the workshops available. Webinar workshops now open for registration: Aeries Career PathwaysAeries Career Pathway Dashboard makes CALPADS reporting a much easier task.  Join us for an interactive session to learn how to identify your Career Pathway students and tag them for 2016-2017 EOY data requirements.Aeries Web Security & Portal OptionsAn overview of implementing and managing Aeries security, portal options, portal account management, and portal groups security.Aeries Database Administrator (DBA) Overvi...
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Harris School Solutions Acquires Quintessential School Systems

Bethel Park, PA: Harris School Solutions (HSS), the premier provider of technology solutions for K-12 districts, charter schools, and continuing education programs across North America, announced the recent acquisition of Quintessential School Systems (QSS), a provider of administrative software and consulting services for those same educational markets. By purchasing the San Carlos, California-based company, HSS looks not only to expand its line of high-quality software, hardware, and services, but also to increase its presence in California, thereby benefiting – while also expanding – its Financial Solutions business unit’s clientele in the region. Said Scott Schollenberger, EVP of HSS’ Financial Solutions unit, “We’re excited to bring QSS, its employees, its products, and its services into the Harris School Solutions family. Obviously, this is great news for us as a company in that we’re building a larger presence in California, but more importantly this really is going to make a positive difference for our clients. They’ll have access to even more great resources for their schools and programs.” The QSS resources to which Schollenberger alluded include, most notably, QSS/OASIS, a complete administrative solution featuring a system of fully integrated modules ranging from General Ledger, Payroll and Fixed Assets to Inventory, Base Personnel, Position Control and more. Schollenberger pointed to both the current success and the future potential of QSS/OASIS in particular as a major factor behind the decision to make the purchase, saying, “QSS/OASIS is capable of going beyond single school districts; it actually can and already does support multi-district agencies, such as county offices of Education, and also community colleges. We see this product as a way to bolster what we offer now while opening even more doors for HSS in the future.” Similarly, QSS expressed its excitement over joining with HSS. According to Duane Percox, COO of the company prior to its acquisition, “Harris School Solutions is an outstanding organization, not just because of its products and services, but also because of the people who offer them. The people within the company are the real deal, so I’m thrilled to be working with them. Together, we’re going to offer our same great products and services, but to many, many more schools across North America.” ### About Harris School Solutions: Founded in 1976, Harris School Solutions is a leading provider of diverse and pioneering software solutions for the K-12, Charter School, and Continuing Education markets, offering sophisticated technology, outstanding customer care, and market-driven products. Click here to learn more about Harris School Solutions. About QSS: Quintessential School Systems was founded in 1990 by five partners who had already accumulated over 80 years of combined experience providing data processing solutions for public school districts.  With a skilled staff focused on the public school market, QSS provides quality solutions for school-business computing needs. Contact Information: Trisha Daniel, Marketing ManagerHarris School      
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Educational Technical Standards 101

Access4Learning put together a great video explaining the concept of Interoperability Standards:    

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