PowerSchool Special Education Powered by TIENET Provides Schools Easy, Efficient Way to Manage Special Education Services

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Industry-Leading Student Information and Special Education Case Management Systems Combine to Help Educators Support Important Student Population

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Nearly seven million U.S. K-12 students qualify for special education services, requiring specialized case management and reporting by educators. To support this important work, Pearson and MAXIMUS today announced the launch of PowerSchool Special Education Powered by TIENET, a complete case management and reporting system for educators. This solution combines PowerSchool, a leading student information system, with TIENET, a top special education case management and response to intervention system.

Sheila Kublek, principal at Boularderie Elementary School in Nova Scotia, Canada, currently uses PowerSchool and TIENET and believes the collaboration will improve her staff’s ability to serve its special education students. “Single sign-on with PowerSchool and TIENET is so easy and allows us access to the best of both worlds,” she said. “With a click of a mouse, we can access historic up-to-date student information.”

Developed by MAXIMUS, TIENET allows school districts to track and monitor the entire individualized education program (IEP) process from initial referral through classification and placement of students, while meeting all state and federal reporting requirements. TIENET’s response to intervention system offers a problem-solving framework for educators to identify those students who require intervention, monitor their progress, and meet their academic and behavioral goals. School districts operating with constrained budgets, reduced staff, and limited resources are under tremendous strain to fulfill government mandates, and more than 700 school districts across North America use TIENET. As a Web-based, user-friendly and highly scalable solution, TIENET seamlessly integrates with PowerSchool, easing the administrative burden of reporting, facilitating communication and collaboration, and providing easy access to information so that educators can deliver critical services to students with disabilities.

“When we talk to educators, like Ms. Kublek, who are using PowerSchool to manage student information, one of their primary requests is to expand the system to provide easy access to critical data and reports that support learning for their special education students,” said Bryan MacDonald, managing director of Pearson’s School Systems group. “PowerSchool is the fastest growing, most widely used student information system, serving more than 13 million students around the globe. By combining solutions with MAXIMUS, we offer educators the data and tools for ensuring that this important student population stays on track for academic success.”

Now with one single sign-on, educators using PowerSchool Special Education Powered by TIENET can manage and monitor the entire special education process, including pre-referral, eligibility, IEP development, service documentation, reporting to parents, 504 plans and personalized education programs, as well as support Medicaid billing. MAXIMUS software architects worked closely with educators to create a system that delivers an easy-to-use, Web-based interface that requires minimal training and is both scalable and customizable.

“TIENET has long served K-12 districts with a solution that ensures compliance with state and federal regulations, including the IDEA 2004 reauthorization and No Child Left Behind,” said Dr. Philip Geiger, senior vice president at MAXIMUS. “Collaborating with Pearson enables us to deliver a solution that will improve integration, streamline implementation, and enhance overall support for school districts using both PowerSchool and TIENET.”

About MAXIMUS                                                                                    
MAXIMUS is a leading operator of government health and human services programs in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia. The Company delivers business process services to improve the cost effectiveness, efficiency and quality of government-sponsored benefit programs, such as Medicaid, Medicare, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Health Insurance BC (British Columbia), as well as welfare-to-work and child support programs around the globe. The Company's primary customer base includes federal, provincial, state, county and municipal governments. Operating under its founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People®, MAXIMUS has approximately 11,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.maximus.com/tienet.

About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit http://www.pearson.com.

Stacy Skelly, stacy.skelly(at)pearson(dot)com, or (800) 745-8489
Lisa Miles, lisamiles(at)maximus(dot)com or (703) 251-8637

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