A Student Information System (SIS) enables schools to centrally administer operations such as student enrollment, class assignments, student services, and communications. The SIS follows a students’ lifecycle with the school. An integration SIS allows for the exchange of data and services between systems and reduces siloed information. Siloed information and processes cause manual re-entry and duplication of work, which leads to increased costs over time.
SIS integration and accessible data allow schools to address siloed information by reducing or eliminating manual data re-entry and other outdated processes and allows for accurate real-time reporting of information.
There are two common integrations with an SIS in K-12:
- Learning Management System (LMS)
- Data Reporting
With LMS integration, it makes sense to choose an official LMS because it allows schools to target limited resources and funds on one system. Nearly all LMS provides the same functionalities by organizing classroom experience and delivering course materials. Schools need to choose between departmental preference and operational efficiencies of the entire school organization.
In this section, we'll mainly focus on Data Reporting. Here are some interoperability standards to help reduce or eliminate siloed information and manual re-entry of data.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is part of the Ed-FI alliance. The Ed-FI standard allows school districts via their SIS to report data efficiently.
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