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PowerSchool announces version 4.2

updated 08:40 am EDT, Wed May 18, 2005

PowerSchool Pro 4.2

, a division of Apple and maker of student information systems (SIS), today announced the availability of PowerSchool Pro 4.2. The upgrade builds on PowerSchool's advanced offering for the management of Alternative Education Programs (AEPs), particularly Continuing Education programs. With this new version, PowerSchool also offers compatibility with Apple's new Mac OS X Tiger. PowerSchool's cross-platform, Web-based system offers a choice in database sophistication, including the ODBC-compliant, Structured Query Language (SQL) relational database option, PowerSchool Premier.

Version 4.2 further provides fundamental reporting capabilities for California AEPs and full-fledged reporting capabilities for the Continuing Education program, eliminating "painstaking manual" tracking and the inaccuracies that can result in inadequate funding.

Features include the following:

  • Interval Attendance will allow users to enter attendance for a class at specified clock-based intervals, instead of only once per meeting. This feature will save staff time and effort spent on manually associating attendance with specific programs.

  • Time Attendance allows the administrator to enter attendance hours and minutes for programs that involve work outside of a specific course, such as independent study or work experience time. This feature allows for heightened assurance that credits are tracked toward timely graduation for students.

  • Student Program Enrollment provides a means to associate a particular student to a particular AEP, automatically, and without duplicate data entry.

  • Backfill is a necessary feature for the California Continuing Education program in which hours recorded in one week can be credited towards prior weeks where the student did not achieve the maximum number of hours allowed for average daily attendance (ADA). This feature helps maximize funding opportunities.

  • ADA Reports will allow schools to streamline AEP data into the proper California ADA forms - automation that saves significant time and effort, and ensures accuracy to drive proper funding.
    "This new version of PowerSchool Pro enables districts to receive the appropriate funding for all of their students, including those who require alternative learning methods in order to complete their K-12 career. We're also pleased to provide compatibility with Apple's most advanced operating system to date, Tiger, which already has enormous interest in the education market," said Mary McCaffrey, President of PowerSchool.

    PowerSchool version 4.2 is scheduled to ship May 17, 2005 in time for full implementation prior to the 2005 back-to-school season.




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