Parchment Inc. and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announce the Pennsylvania Electronic Student Transcripts And Records System (PA eSTARS), a statewide network that will enable Commonwealth schools to securely exchange student records and transcripts.
An increase in student mobility, dual enrollment, and college applications has led to a greater administrative burden on academic institutions to process student record and transcript requests. As a result, more state PK-12 education agencies and commissions of higher education are collaborating on broad PK-20 initiatives to make the process more efficient and cost-effective, as well as to enhance the reliability and security of the information exchange.
This initiative will improve the process of moving student records and transcripts across the Commonwealth, while ensuring schools receive more timely access to critical information so that they are able to provide the appropriate services to Pennsylvania’s students.
Pennsylvania is the seventh state education agency to select Docufide® by Parchment™ through a competitive bid process. Nearly 1,000 local education agencies (LEA) and institutions of higher education (IHE) in Pennsylvania are eligible to benefit from this voluntary initiative. A federal grant awarded to PDE will be used to underwrite the initial implementation costs for entities signing on prior to July 1, 2013. K12 LEAs can register for PA eSTARS now at https://securetranscript.docufide.com/districtreg/PAeSTARS. Any questions from K12 LEAs can be addressed to PAeSTARS@parchment.com. Postsecondary institutions may register by contacting PAeSTARS@parchment.com.
Parchment’s Docufide Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform enables the secure, rapid exchange of millions of electronic transcripts and student records among a rapidly growing network of schools, education agencies, and scholarship organizations.