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Three trends impacting the use of student data

Chris Everleth, SunGard K-12 Education’s vice president of development, and Ignacio Ybarra, Mizuni’s president, identified three trends that are impacting student data systems. Through SunGard K-12’s Strategic Alliance Program, the companies offer a seamless integration between the eSchoolPLUS student information system and Aspire cloud platform.

Convergence of Data
Everleth predicts increasing demand for interoperability between systems. “The new paradigm for data systems moves beyond the commoditization of student information into innovative, action-oriented support for schools,” explains Everleth. “Schools want the robust functionality of a student information system with the analytics of a data warehouse. Our solutions need to be seamless so educators can have the most comprehensive data and advanced tools at their fingertips through integrated software that behaves like a single solution.” 

Accelerated Insights
Ybarra says schools are demanding accelerated insights. “Today, more and more districts are focused on predicting student performance. Forward-thinking educators want to identify students for intervention and impact their performance,” says Ybarra. “Increasingly, our solutions must offer a view of student information through a lens of action—providing predictive insights that allow educators to identify students at risk of becoming at-risk.”

Universal Access
Everleth stresses that these tools will have the greatest impact at the front line of student achievement. “Districts are trying to move this information into the hands of teachers, counselors and administrators,” he says. “There’s a lot of knowledge in student information systems. By making this knowledge meaningful in its presentation, data systems provide an important asset for improving student achievement.”

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