Update on 12/02/2006: Don Simon of EduTech updates us with the latest ND PowerSchool numbers in the comments. I’ve adjusted this post to reflect the changes. Thanks Don!
Jon Undell, Infoworld columnist and über geek, has posted his latest screencast in his “screening room“, this one on Pearson School Systems‘ PowerSchool student information system. It’s a really good visual overview of how the system works technically, but I found the discussion about parent/teacher behavioral changes most interesting, especially the idea of “parent accountability”.
During my 4 1/2 year stint at Edutech, I had the opportunity to learn a ton about PowerSchool, as North Dakota selected it as its “official” SIS right around the time I was hired. The program was owned by Apple at the time, and as much as I love the company, they really botched the acquisition by not giving PowerSchool the resources it needed. My colleagues at EduTech took it all in stride though, and are now some of the leading experts on the software in the US. EduTech’s latest stats have the organization assisting in over
70 deployments across the state of North Dakota.