Should Your District Have a Data Analytics Tool in Addition to your SIS? This Superintendent Says Yes

August 25, 2021

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Clinton Public Schools was a SchoolStatus customer for several years, using the solution to spot student data trends, view historical data, analyze accountability scores, and more. But in 2016, the district adopted Powerschool as their student information system and decided to make Powerschool’s analytical tools their primary data solution–dropping SchoolStatus in the process. 


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After one year, the district found that SchoolStatus had offered more complete student data analysis because of the ability to integrate data from PowerSchool plus all of their other data sources (attendance and discipline systems, benchmark and assessment packages, etc.). It wasn't a hard decision to bring SchoolStatus back into the district. 

“SchoolStatus is a one-stop-shop for all the data that we have,” says Assistant Superintendent Anthony Goins. “From Renaissance to Case assessments and STAR– everything was right there as it pertained to assessments and attendance.”

Over the years, SchoolStatus and PowerSchool have developed in ways that are even more complementary. While PowerSchool offers a portal where parents can go to check grades and attendance, SchoolStatus provides communication tools, emergency notifications, group, and school mass communication, as well as tools for one-on-one conversations with parents, the type of communication that builds relationships. 

SchoolStatus supports PowerSchool “If we tried to go without it at this point, our teachers would probably revolt,” jokes Asst. Superintendent Goins. 

With SchoolStatus pulling information from PowerSchool, educators can review a student's grades, history of assessments, and attendance and use the data to inform the communication. Teachers, counselors, and principals can call, text, email, or video chat with parents without waiting for them to download an app or log in to a portal. Even better, all communication in SchoolStatus is automatically recorded and stored on the Student Card for compliance and future review, giving administrators the ability to manage and monitor communication with stakeholders.   

“It documents conversations, it documents phone calls that teachers have made to parents. When parents are saying they hadn't received phone calls, or they have said that the teacher had said something unprofessional,” explains Goins. “We can go ahead and get the text and read exactly the transcript of what the conversation was. It's been beneficial.”

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SchoolStatus is the district-wide communication tool that integrates key student data to increase communication among educators, district administrators, and student families. The company’s solution aggregates individual student data, such as state assessments, attendance, and grades in an easy-to-visualize format and offers the option to communicate with student families via call, text, or email. Through SchoolStatus, millions of communications have occurred on the classroom, campus, and district levels. For more information about SchoolStatus, visit www.schoolstatus.com.

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