A recent software release called SchoolView has resulted in “students taking ownership of their own data” states Jayne Tiedemann, Principal at District 287’s SECA program located at South Education Center. The TIES SchoolView product allows students to view many different sets of data, including attendance, testing results, grades, Personal Learning Plans, and the teacher’s Gradebook.
"Our students are very excited about using this new tool,” stated Tonya Allen, Assistant Principal at SECA, “they can now monitor their progress towards graduation and have input into their own Personal Learning Plan.” SECA has more than 180 students currently enrolled and trained on the new product.
“Students are given access to SchoolView upon intake, so they can begin watching their progress immediately” states Melissa Winship, School Counselor at SECA. (learn more)
During the training sessions, students were heard saying things such as: This is cool and I used to have this at my other district. Chris Dykes a student in the SECA program stated “it’s helpful to see my grades.”
Sandy Gaulke, Manager of Student Information Systems, shared that there were many background processes that had to be put in place for this to be a successful roll-out, and that many staff members needed to be on-board as well. “We had to make sure that our support system was in place, that teachers and administrators were prepared, and that the data we shared with students would be meaningful, accurate, and helpful to them,” she stated.
District administration is currently in discussion regarding what’s next for the SchoolView roll-out. “We want to get this tool to all of our students and their parents,” stated Colleen Baumtrog, Executive Director of Administrative Services. “This roll-out has taken quite a few staff members a great amount of preparation time to make sure it was done right,” she continued. The initial plan is to release access rights to students in other programs this fall, and to begin piloting it with parents during the 2012-13 school year as well.
“Parents have been asking for on-line payment of lunch fee’s for some time, “mentioned Rose Hobson, Supervisor of Food Service Division.
“Turning on the SchoolView product will be greatly appreciated by our parents,” she continued. David Anderson, Fiscal Services Manager, stated that “this will allow District 287 to accept on-line payments for other fees as well, such as spirit wear, equipment rentals, and activity fees.”
Char Myklebust, Executive Director of Mental Health/Training/Partnerships, observed “Our Student Information System provides us with a great foundation to take our district data to the next level, which includes sharing it with our students and their parents. We’re very excited about having the ability to do so.”
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