Power School

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PowerSchool is an education technology platform for K-12.

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Power School review by <span>Frances D.</span>
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PowerSchool

What do you like best?

I love the customization possibilities and that fact that PowerSchool is responsive to the requests of customers. The support has been very good. We have usually been able to get the product to do what we need.

What do you dislike?

It is sometimes difficult for our admin staff to get out the data they need. PowerSchool has definitely been addressing this and creating solutions that make it easier for someone who is not a database person to get the information they need out of the system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can add customizations to PowerSchool. Many are already created for you by other users and are easy to load into the system.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

State reporting has been much easier with PowerSchool

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Power School review by Agency in Education Management
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PowerSchool is a student information system that is constantly improving with need.

What do you like best?

I like that the company listens to its users and makes enhancements based on request as well as leaving things to be customized by the end user if desired. Once proper training has been received it is very to use the software as well. There are also many user groups that share ideas/customization and reports throughout the country. This can be very useful.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes there seems to be a lot of customizing to make the product work but when it is so widely used it is understandable. Also, if proper training is not set up then the end user may have difficulty in setting up the software and utilizing it properly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that you find out what training to begin with and have all users set up within PowerSource to be able to utilize Mastery in Minutes/search for answers from the community as well as add/vote on enhancements. Go to user group meetings, especially ones specific to your state so that you can make sure you are utilizing it to coincide with your state requirements.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can generate the student information/reports that we need in order to provide the reporting we need.

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Power School review by <span>Nicole N.</span>
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Easy and efficient way and use

What do you like best?

I love how there is a vast amount of information at your fingertips, organized in a precise, easy-to-read way. As long as you know how to query as well, it’s easy to pull information, export it, and then paste it on a spreadsheet.

What do you dislike?

I haven't come across any problems, but in terms of dislike, sometimes getting information through queries can be a bit tedious. You have to know exactly what you're looking for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be prepared to have someone with quick knowledge of the queries sometimes needed to find very precise information.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Student registration, demographics, teacher and student schedules, finding students through their last names or their user IDs. Information is easy to access and easy to read as well.

Power School review by User in Primary/Secondary Education
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A Robust Suite of Programs

What do you like best?

PowerSchool allows for several different ways of taking attendance: including by picture, by seating chart, or by list. PowerSchool also allows for a lot of different apps that school districts can add so that teachers can find all types of information on their students.

What do you dislike?

PowerSchool's interface is very clustered. It often takes a lot of effort to wade through what seems to be endless levels of menus to get to the information about students.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I suggest you take the time to explore around the program up front.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PowerSchool allows me, as a teacher, to have access to data on my students in real time. With programs within the suite, attendance can be taken, grades can be compiled, and records can be found.

Power School review by <span>Mike T.</span>
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A K-12 Solution

What do you like best?

With PowerSchool you have a simple SIS to use for keeping track of the everyday business of a school. You can also use the grade book, which helps in formulating final grades and it also allows parents to see their students progress.

What do you dislike?

Finding reports sometimes can be difficult from a teacher perspective. Overall there really isn't much that PowerSchool can't do. It will be interesting to see the LMS that they have added to the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

PowerSchool is working towards becoming not just an SIS but also a full service LMS that is worth looking into.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This program helps keep all the schools in our district organized, classes and students organized schedule wise. We are even starting to use the Gradebook.

Power School review by User in Design
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Tools That Almost Help Teachers

What do you like best?

I like being able to set weights for grades and being able to copy assignments among classes for when the same class is offered multiple times. I also like being able to have grades auto-calculated immediately so that students can see how "what-if scenarios" can impact their future grades.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the clunky process for approving final grades for submission to administration. I think grades should be immediately available and visible and printable to the approved user community. Often times there will be a delay because an administrator doesn't think that something is done, when the only missing step is to click "done."

Recommendations to others considering the product

Stay on top of your data input. Now that students and parents are often given access to these accounts, they expect grades to almost always be current. Especially if low grades are going to be entered, you may want to reach out to the student and family directly, in addition to the digital input.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Students, parents, administrators and other teachers all benefit from being able to have current grade and attendance information at their fingertips, in order to understand how to best support each student.

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