Big test days away for N.C. schools' computer system

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Computer glitches probably top this year’s list of back-to-school jitters for North Carolina educators.

Most of the state’s 1.5 million public school students return to school Monday. And that provides the first massive test of PowerSchool, a data system that controls everything from bus routes to attendance records to grades.

The statewide rollout is a first for Pearson School Systems, a New York-based technology company that created PowerSchool. While it’s been successful around the nation, PowerSchool has never been used for a district as large as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools or the Wake County Public School System, said Philip Price, technology chief for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

“It’s huge,” Price said of the transition, which replaces the former system known as NC WISE.


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