The districts represented in the study are described as “operating at the leading edge of technology integration,” so we were humbled to see the following Schoolzilla customers interviewed: Milpitas Unified School District, Achievement First, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Aspire Public Schools, Intrinsic Schools, and Rocketship Education.
Our experience working with these school systems very much corroborates the findings of the report. For example, the authors point out that “many K–12 software programs offer limited value on a stand-alone basis and must be integrated with other software, typically from different vendors, to realize their full potential.” That’s not surprising; different software products serve different needs. However, schools must solve the technical challenge of integrating data from disparate sources before they can even begin the work of translating that data into administrative and instructional decision making. That was exactly the problem at Aspire that led to Schoolzilla’s creation.
A related issue for many school districts is the return on their investments in new technology purchases. The report asserts that “the inability to extract meaningful data from online-learning programs,” for example, “can negatively impact perceptions of product quality and limit educators’ trust in these programs.” One of the core needs we built Schoolzilla to address was giving the staff at Aspire easy access to the data from the myriad technology products they use.
We would like to congratulate the innovative school systems that are represented in this new report. We hope the education technology industry takes heed and continues to improve data export, data integration, and other functionality to best serve schools and students.
For the full report – and insights into everything from the future of BYOD (bring your own device) to the growing importance of IT departments in school districts – click here: