Chawanakee Unified School District Chooses PowerSchool SIS for Ease of Use, Increased Productivity, and Robust Reporting and Data Handling

October 13, 2015

District is Excited to Partner with PowerSchool to Serve Its 1,100 Students

Rancho Cordova, CA – [October 13, 2015] – In an effort to find a new student information system (SIS) that is easy to use, helps increase productivity, and will create clean reports and export data easily, the Chawanakee Unified School District (“Chawanakee”) is partnering with PowerSchool Group LLC (“PowerSchool”), the largest and most widely used web-based SIS provider in the K12 market. Chawanakee, located in the Sierra Foothills of Madera County near Fresno, California, will utilize PowerSchool within its district of five schools and 1,100 students.

According to the Chawanakee, its previous SIS was difficult to navigate, access and input data; featured a cumbersome process for log entry, was difficult to customize, and did not integrate with other systems. The Chawanakee selection committee, comprised of school staff who will be the primary end users, chose PowerSchool because it:

  • Is easy to navigate and enter data
  • Features clean, easy-to-read student information screens
  • Includes an API (Application Program Interface) infrastructure that allows PowerSchool to talk to other educational systems such as phone systems, LMS systems, SPED systems, and enrollment systems
  • Provides a hosted option so there is no need for the district to buy equipment
  • Features the ability to customize the system with regard to data and reporting

Specific areas that PowerSchool will solve important issues for Chawanakee stakeholders include a single point of login for grades and student information so there are not two systems for parents and students, as well as faster and more robust student reporting of incidents and other student information.

“PowerSchool’s clean and easy-to-understand screens are a hit with parents and students. We’ve seen a 20 percent increase in parent logins in just the short time we’ve been using it. The ability to move data in and out of the system, and the speed in which end users can navigate important screens is a big reason why we moved to PowerSchool,” said Patrick Wilson, Director of Charter, Minarets High School & Charter, Chawanakee Unified School District.

For almost two decades, PowerSchool Group LLC has consistently and reliably supported K12 SIS customers through core features and robust APIs that allow educators, administrators, parents and students to effectively manage school processes and student data and connect the diverse education technologies being utilized in classrooms, schools and districts.

“PowerSchool is the best comprehensive K-12 solution available, and we are proud to partner with districts like Chawanakee to meet its specific needs. We have confidence that our SIS can provide the best features, API system, data and reporting features, all in an easy-to-use, powerful system that allow administrators, teachers, parents, and students to effectively manage school processes and student data,” said Oliver Wreford, PowerSchool Group LLC Vice President of Product and Marketing.

PowerSchool serves more than 40 million total users every day as the hub of the education ecosystem. PowerSchool plays a central role in K-12 education, serving as the hub of customers’ education ecosystems with robust features and APIs that allow education stakeholders to effectively manage school processes and student data and connect diverse education technologies utilized in classrooms, schools and districts. PowerSchool, available on most mobile devices, has powerful reporting capabilities and intuitive teacher tools.

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