Tennessee School Districts to Implement Skyward in Fall 2014

6/3/2014 12:00:00 AM STEVENS POINT, Wis. (June 3, 2014) – Three Tennessee school districts have designated Skyward, an industry leading K-12 school administrative software provider, as its student information system vendor. With the addition of Franklin Special, Tipton County and Sevier County School Districts this fall, Skyward now serves more than 45 districts in the state. Tennessee selected Skyward as a preferred Student Information System vendor to maximize the collection and reporting of student data and information.

The three districts purchased the Skyward Student Management Suite to provide a comprehensive web-based system that integrates the key elements to manage student learning in one centralized system. Skyward offers unmatched flexibility and control to help ensure students succeed by providing districts with real-time accurate and reliable information through a web portal for easy access.

After a rigorous evaluation process, Franklin Special School District chose Skyward for its ability to optimize access to student data, facilitate parent communication and its proven track record of success statewide. Currently in the midst of training, teachers and administrators look forward to the interactivity and intuitiveness of the online platform from Skyward, which will improve efficiency and effectiveness throughout the district.

“Our district’s vision is to create an environment where there is less time and effort dedicated to record keeping and more time for teaching, and we believe Skyward will enable us to accomplish this goal,” said Sherry Badger, chairman for Franklin Special School District Board of Education.

Tipton County School District adopted Skyward from the list of approved state vendors due to its glowing customer references, superior implementation support and additional enhancements not offered by other student information system providers. The district foresees several benefits, including automation of district processes, real-time updates for parents, and the ease of use of storing student information in one location.

“Our administrators have had nothing but positive feedback to share during the implementation process,” said Lea Ann McCammon, student information coordinator for Tipton County School District Board of Education. “We look forward to Skyward providing the support we need to have everything run smoothly in our district.”

After successfully implementing the Skyward School Business Suite in 2012, Sevier County School District turned back to Skyward for the Student Management Suite to maintain continuity of platforms. With the goal of facilitating data-driven decisions, the district looks forward to implementing the Educator Access+ system with grade book to advance access to data, and Family Access to improve communication with parents.

“Skyward’s ability to handle school issues on a local level has proved extremely beneficial for our district,” said Jerry Baxter, student management systems specialist at Sevier County School District. “The support from Skyward is second to none, and we are eager to build upon our use of the School Business Suite to include the Student Management Suite next year to further increase performance across the district.”

Many Tennessee districts already use the Skyward Student Management Suite to monitor student information, including Oak Ridge Schools, which was the first district in the state to select the school administrative software provider. The district’s success with the software is outlined in this Skyward case study.

The Skyward Student Management Suite empowers administrators, teachers and parents with the information they need to make the greatest impact on improving student achievement. For more information on Skyward administrative software and IT consulting services for K-12 districts, visit www.skyward.com.

About Skyward
Skyward is a leading provider of K-12 school administrative software that surpasses districts’ needs in state reporting, improves operational capabilities, and opens communication between schools and families. Today, the Skyward School Management System™ is used in more than 1,700 school districts worldwide, ranging from districts with as few as 50 students to statewide implementations supporting more than 800,000 students. Founded in 1980, Skyward serves school districts with its integrated student, finance, and human resources suite of products and is proudly made and supported in the United States. To learn more, visit www.skyward.com.

Media Contacts
• Ray Ackerlund, Skyward, Inc., 800-236-7274 x1319, ray.ackerlund@skyward.com
• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x19, emily@cblohm.com

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