P.E.I. schools moving away from out-dated data systems, including StudentsAchieve, this fall

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Island students, parents and teachers will have a more accessible and up-to-date way to keep track of student information later this year.

Sean Cain, an IT and data consultant with P.E.I.'s Public School Branch (PSB), spoke about the transition to PowerSchool, during a virtual PSB board of director's meeting on Feb. 10. The process has already begun to move P.E.I.'s 62 English and French schools to the new system by September 2021.

Up until now, the primary means for schools to compile information, such as student's marks, transcripts and attendance records, has been through a system called Trevlac.

"It's been in use since the early 1990s and is currently only accessible to staff while they're in school buildings," Cain said.

Norman Beck, a board director and former teacher, wasn't disappointed to hear Trevlac is on its way out.

"We've all had our own malaise and discontent with Trevlac," he said. "It's certainly not conducive to what we need today."

The other data system, StudentsAchieve, has been in place since 2004. While it does allow students and parents to access information from a web browser, PowerSchool will have the bonus of being accessible through a phone app.

"This is an enhancement in what we currently have available in terms of access," Cain said. "What PowerSchool will do is it will create a very common, standardized way of looking at the data."

PowerSchool will also allow schools to better communicate information to parents. It isn't necessarily a newer system, but its use in other Atlantic Canada provinces is what sold the PSB to transfer over to it. In addition, any data that isn't transferable will be archived, Cain said.

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Daniel Brown, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Guardian