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Florence Unified opts in to statewide student information system


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  • Sally Stewart/ Arizona Department of Education

Florence Unified School District in Pinal County is the latest school district to opt-in to the Statewide Student Information System.

The Arizona Department of Education created this educational resource to make a robust student information system available to districts and charters throughout the state for an affordable price.

“ADE has worked extremely hard over the past few years to create an opportunity for districts and charters of all shapes and sizes to be able to access software that manages critical student data to support the classroom,” said John Huppenthal, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. “It has been our mission to provide great technology tools to districts and charters at an affordable price, leading to better decisions with the limited dollars Arizona has to invest in technology.

“By offering a solution with great functionality at a reduced price, schools can redirect their resources to impact student achievement in the classroom. Some school districts, especially small ones, can see student management software costs reduced nearly 90 percent, while the initiative as a whole could save up to $90 million statewide every year.”

In order to design a system where educators would see maximum benefit, ADE formed an expert focus group of users from schools throughout the state. The insightful recommendations gathered from these end users led to a partnership with Edupoint Educational Systems, Inc.

With two high schools, seven K-8 schools, 600 teachers and 8,500 students, Florence is now the fifth school district to opt-in with the state.  Renowned for its technological innovation throughout the state, Florence is textbook free with one-to-one computing at both high school campuses, interactive whiteboards in every classroom, tablet access for all students between third grade and eighth grade and eight computers in every core classroom at the K-8 level.

Opting-in to the state’s student information system is just the latest step forward for the Florence district. Florence officials said it decided to move over to SSIS because it offers a better user experience for parents, teachers and kids, seamless integration, essential live data and because it exists in a cloud environment.

“The Florence Unified School District prides itself in being ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and access,” said Dr. Amy Fuller, Superintendent of Florence Unified School District. “Moving to Edupoint’s Synergy allows us to communicate with parents like never before.

“It also gives our teachers and students the opportunity to collaborate about grades, assignments, and absences in a way that other districts and charter schools cannot.  We look forward to offering this service, among many others, to the families we serve.”

As Florence transitions over to SSIS, ADE will provide technological support for the district every step of the way. SSIS is just one of several initiatives included in AELAS, ADE’s legislative mandate to provide all levels of the educational community with the tools and data necessary to support education transformation, academic growth and accountability, while dramatically reducing costs.

For more information regarding SSIS, please visit http://www.azed.gov/aelas/ssis/.  For more information regarding all of AELAS’ initiatives, please log on to AELAS’ website http://www.azed.gov/aelas/.