Illinois District First in State to Adopt Follett Software’s Aspen Student Information System

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After a one-year search for the best student information system (SIS) on the market for its district, Park Ridge, Illinois-based Maine Township High School District 207 – with nearly 7,000 students in three schools – selected Follett Software Company’s Aspen solution. Aspen was overwhelmingly the choice of administrators, staff, teachers and students who assisted in the selection process.

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With about 90 percent approval, Aspen was overwhelmingly the selection of those involved. Aspen gave us the best blend of maturity and robustness.

Maine Township High School District 207 is the first district in the state of Illinois to select Aspen as its student information platform, Follett Software Company announced here this week.

With nearly 7,000 students in three schools,the Park Ridge, Ill.-based district culminated its student information system (SIS) search a year after it began when it adopted Aspen – a web-based customizable student information system for school and district administration, learning and communications that also delivers state reporting requirements.

According to Hank Thiele, Maine Township’s director of technology, the decision to select Aspen was accomplished through a meticulous, all-inclusive process that ultimately involved as many as 80 individuals involved with the district – administrators, staff, teachers and students alike.

“As we narrowed the list of vendors and their products, we expanded the number of people making the evaluations,” Thiele said. “We started with about 20 products, and narrowed it down to two at the end. With about 90 percent approval, Aspen was overwhelmingly the selection of those involved.”

Thiele said his district’s interest in Aspen heightened shortly after Follett Software Company acquired X2 Development Corporation and its Aspen student information platform in October 2010. Maine Township has been a longtime customer of Follett, with its market-leading Destiny® suite of solutions, as well as TetraData™, the company’s data warehousing and analytics product.

“Aspen gave us the best blend of maturity and robustness,” Thiele said, “all the while maintaining the flexibility to be responsive to our emerging needs and the opportunity to grow.”

According to Brad Lindaas, vice president of business operations for the Aspen product line,
the Maine Township adoption is especially significant since it reflects the impact Follett Software – and its respected reputation in education circles – will have on the SIS’ growth potential.

“We have said from the outset that Follett will help expose Aspen to a much broader audience,” Lindaas said. “The Maine Township evaluation process put Aspen up against stiff competition, and we were thrilled to learn it came away with a near unanimous approval from the diverse committee.”

For more information on Follett Software Company, visit http://www.FollettSoftware.com and to learn more about Aspen, visit http://www.x2dev.com.

About Follett Software Company (http://www.FollettSoftware.com)
Follett Software Company is the integrated educational technology solution provider that more than half of America’s school districts trust to support staff and engage students in today’s digitally rich learning environment. Follett’s digitally powered technologies help districts more efficiently and cost-effectively manage traditional and digital educational resources, provide digital learning environment tools focusing on student achievement and make confident decisions based on quality academic data. Powerful, integrated solutions enable Follett to support today’s collaborative learning community and empower 21st century learning and discovery. Follett Software Company is a subsidiary of Follett Corporation, a $2.7 billion, privately held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873 and has its headquarters in River Grove, Ill.

About Aspen (http://www.x2dev.com)
Simplifying school data management through the integration of key K-12 applications, Aspen enables parents to see student grades, attendance and other vital school information online. Further, Aspen tracks student immunization, manages grades for teachers, and enables students to submit their homework online. Aspen runs the daily schedule for all students and teachers, assisting staff in the management of subject selections.

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