What do you like best?
It is a 21st century product. The interface is modern and sleek for all users. Parents use the app for realtime updates. Students can access their work from anywhere on their chromebook. The gradebook is intuitive and my teaching staff made the shift seamlessly. As an administrator I most appreciate the ability to customize the Powerschool system. The user community has been a vibrant resources for custom reports and data analysis. The ability to directly view and correlate data inside of PowerSchool (instead of exports to excel) has saved me countless hours and provided my teachers with more data at their fingertips.
What do you dislike?
The PowerSchool app does not contain all of the functionality found on the browser version. Ex: Parents must sign-in through a web browser in order to see their student's requested coursework for next year. Additionally, as a private high school in New York City, we have parents whose children attend middle/ elementary schools who also use PowerSchool. These parents have to logout of one school and log into the other in the app, removing some of the simplicity of this technology. A minor annoyance, that is ultimately unavoidable.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Do it. It has all the power of your current system SIS in a better package. The expanded product offerings allow you to get even more functionality out of the system and can replace other, separate modules your district uses for mandatory reporting, special education, digital classrooms, digital assessments, and more. Consolidating our data into one silo has given us access to leverage all of this data into reflective practices in order to further assist our teachers in reaching our students.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
No more exporting to excel! Excel exports have the inherent problem of stagnant data. The enterprise reporting tools built into PowerSchool allows me to create custom reports to view, organize, and correlate LIVE data. Updating a report is as easy as refreshing the screen. It's life changing.