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PowerSchool’s Student Information System and the company’s broader product portfolio has enhanced our ability to effectively communicate with parents and other educators within the district, all while decreasing the amount of time spent on other administrative duties.-Ron Cone
|Free by individual teachers with up to 5 active classes..|
|Pricing ranges from $4,95 to $30 monthly depending on the number of active classes for individual teachers.|
|My school district switched over to PowerSchool about a year and a half ago||The user experience has been a positive one for me|
|I now use it for grades, attendance, lunch counts, reports, and many other things||However, the initial training we received could use some improvement|
|What I like most about PowerSchool is the interface||The training modules are fairly dry to sit through and can be confusing to navigate|
|As a teacher, when I log in, the initial screen shows the things I use on a daily basis- attendance, lunch count, and contact information||There is nothing that I dislike about Powerschool|
|I like that it is set up in a way that the things I use the most are right there||The report card function needs some adjustments|
|There is then an additional menu called "Power Teacher Pro" that is used for things like grade entries and reports that I might use more on a monthly basis||The score entry section works well|
|The report options offer lots of different variables and allows the user to create PDF, excel, and other types of files||It even allows you to adjust the font, which my older eyes appreciate|
|Having these different options has been helpful||However, the printable report sent to parents each trimester is uncomfortably tiny in terms of font size|
|We loved using Powerschool for new employee training||Even the comment section is very tiny, and those are some of the most valuable aspects of the report|
|It had so much to offer and was very easy to use!||Also, I'd very much appreciate being able to have a screen view that allowed me to look at each student's individual reports|
|I appreciate that I can access my students' demographic information easily||This would be very helpful in looking for missing scores prior to report cards being printed|
|Attendance and lunch count are easy, as well||I have to do a lot of scrolling and clicking to track an individual child's scores over various subject areas|
|The student information management aspect of PowerSchool is intuitive||A single student screen view that allowed me to enter scores, if needed, would be a nice boost to the usability of this product.|
|I rarely have to go to our school secretary for details, like I would have in the past.||-|
Taking full advantage of the products and solutions your school invests in requires a comprehensive understanding of what those tools have to offer. When Michelle Morales of Roswell ISD wanted to learn the ins and outs of PowerSchool Unified Classroom™ Special Programs, she pursued the available training from PowerSchool. As a result, she gained knowledge that helped her and her district fulfill specific needs with a product they already had. “We have had [PowerSchool Special Programs] for 4 years. … The product is very user-friendly, and the trainer was absolutely fabulous at explaining everything, answering questions, and helping us walk through some specific questions and needs for our district, specifically how to pull reports. You don’t know what you don’t know. I wanted to know more about what PowerSchool Special Programs could do and what options there were for customization and functionality. I feel like I am a lot more knowledgeable now than before the training.”
- Michelle Morales
“Our 2020-2021 school year started off like many others, not knowing what the year would bring,” says David Scott, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Tuscaloosa County School System in Alabama. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the district needed a blending learning solution to keep the learning going for all students. Using Schoology Learning, part of the PowerSchool Unified Classroom™ solution, Tuscaloosa County Schools provided a personalized, efficient educational experience to students, regardless of the setting. Three cohorts of teachers in the district participated in the Blending Learning Academy, successfully engaging both remote and in-person students throughout the school year. “Thanks to Schoology [Learning], we were able to provide our remote students with access to content and instruction,” Scott says. “It also provided a means of communication, and students were able to maintain positive relationships with their teachers.” Scott says that “although we still have much left to accomplish, Schoology has provided us with a pathway to reach our goals of becoming a blended learning school system in the near future.”
- David Scott
Compatibility is key. Eric Aufderhar works for a non-profit training center that switched to PowerSchool SIS. He is pleased with the enhanced communication and compatibility it created with their partner schools. The switch quickly made tracking student data and generating reports much easier with the help of PowerSchool’s implementation team. “I have worked in education for 12 years in various roles within Special Education. I now work at a non-profit training center that works with public high schools in New Orleans. We decided to use PowerSchool because we had been housing our records with Google Drive and all of our partner schools use PowerSchool, so we want to be compatible. The record storage and reporting features, among the many other uses of PowerSchool [SIS], make us very excited to start using PowerSchool [SIS]. PowerSchool SIS is already making it easier for us to track student data and generate reports. We are excited to use the system for the upcoming and future school years for our enrollment. We occupy a unique space of being a non-profit training center that works with partner high schools, and using the same SIS will make communication and coordination far easier in the future. Our [PowerSchool] implementation team made the process seamlessly easy… Whenever I had questions, the team either had the answers or found them within 24 hours. Whenever scheduling conflicts came up on my end, they were adaptable and made it work.”
- Eric Aufderhar
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