PowerSchool Leading the Way in Arizona for Districts to Successfully Report With AzEDS Ed-Fi

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25 of 35 Districts Reporting With AzEDS Are Using PowerSchool’s AzEDS for Secure, Real-Time State Reporting

Being the first district in Arizona to attain AzEDS compliance is a direct result of the first-class support and dedication of PowerSchool's team

As the nation’s Ed-Fi leader, PowerSchool Group LLC (“PowerSchool”) has helped 25 Arizona School Districts report real-time data via the state’s new AzEDS (Arizona Education Data Standards) system, nearly a full year ahead of the state’s July 2016 goal. Twenty of these districts began reporting during a two-day event held September 24 and 25, 2015, hosted by Vail School District and the PowerSchool AzEDS Support Team in Vail, Arizona. Vail School District is the state’s first to begin using AzEDS and has been leading the way for other districts to report through AzEDS.

By investing in its Ed-Fi capability, PowerSchool has become the only student information system (SIS) in the U.S. working with all five states (Arizona, Tennessee, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Michigan) currently implementing Ed-Fi for state reporting. PowerSchool is also the only vendor going into production with multiple districts in Arizona for the 2015-16 school year — a year ahead of schedule – and the only SIS to have implemented both batch and real-time data transfer.

“Here in Vail we are so fortunate to have stayed the course with PowerSchool. Being the first district in Arizona to attain AzEDS compliance is a direct result of the first-class support and dedication of PowerSchool's team,” said Matt Federoff, Vail School District CIO.

PowerSchool has led the market with its strong and proactive support for the Arizona AzEDS model. On September 10, 2015, Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Chief Information Officer Mark Masterson announced that 10 districts were online on AzEDS. Of these, five districts were using PowerSchool, compiling 50% of online districts. That percentage has now grown to 71% of districts certified.

The PowerSchool AzEDS team, the Vail School District Technology Department, and the ADE AzEDS team have been working together on a solution enabling districts to report real time information to the state. The tight integration with AzEDS technology offered by PowerSchool minimizes the total cost the districts incur while gathering and submitting this data.

"We were privileged to help our partner districts transition to the new AzEDS data reporting and we are grateful for the assistance of PowerSchool Support staff. Vail has been submitting via AzEDS since the start of the school year with great success, and we look forward to continue assisting our partner districts to do likewise,” said Norm Purdy, Vail School District Outreach Manager.

“This joint effort between PowerSchool’s development and training teams, PowerSchool districts, and the Arizona Department of Education has put PowerSchool squarely in the forefront of the Arizona student information landscape, making us the leading provider of solutions for districts’ management of student data in the state,” said Bryan MacDonald, chief strategist and technology officer at PowerSchool. “Our continued commitment to partnering with state and local education agencies has helped develop enhanced ways of managing data and accelerating student achievement through informed decision-making.”

PowerSchool’s AzEDS Ed-Fi Reporting System is available to all Arizona PowerSchool Districts and provides real-time reporting, structured organizing, daily reports and prompt school funding. ADE’s AzEDS system is the first of its kind in the U.S., and serves as a model for simplifying reporting, improving data accuracy, and allowing teachers and administrators to focus on how data can help improve student achievement. Arizona’s Ed-Fi initiative results in real-time feedback to directly inform educational decisions at the local level, and will reduce administrative costs incurred by school agencies in their regular reporting of data to the state.

Significant investment in PowerSchool and a deep commitment to developing cutting-edge technologies such as Ed-Fi and Application Programming Interface (API) tools make PowerSchool the leading student information system for K12 education. Releasing PowerSchool’s AzEDS Ed-Fi Reporting in Arizona is another step in the continuing process of embracing innovation in technology to benefit student learning.

To learn more about PowerSchool’s Ed-Fi efforts in Arizona, school districts are invited to attend a free, informative event on Monday, October 19, 2015, from 2pm to 4pm. The event will be held at University of Phoenix Classroom 404 at 1625 West Fountainhead Parkway, Tempe, Ariz.; attendees can learn more and register at https://support.powerschool.com/rsvp/powerschool-and-azeds.

About PowerSchool Group LLC     
PowerSchool is the most widely-used SIS, serving more than 13 million students in the US, Canada and in more than 70 countries. PowerSchool plays a central role in K12 education, serving as the hub of customers’ education ecosystems with robust features and APIs that allow education stakeholders to manage school processes and student data and connect diverse education technologies utilized in classrooms, schools and districts. Learn more about PowerSchool at http://www.powerschool.com.

Media Contact: Terri Zezula at terri.zezula@powerschool.com

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