Implementation in U-46
Why a New System?
District U-46 is in the process of implementing Infinite Campus, a new student information system which will replace the current Panther system. While Panther has served the District well over the years, it has become increasingly difficult for the system to interact with other programs. This has resulted in an inefficient collection and integration of data throughout the District which has made it difficult to effectively track student progress and enhance learning. Another problem is that data in the Panther system is inaccessible to parents and students.
In 2010, it was determined that U-46 needed a new student information system which would offer: a full integration of data, efficient reporting, and real-time communication between educators, parents and students.
Who Decided on the Program?
Since May 2010, a team of parents, teachers, secretaries, principals and district administrators evaluated 11 systems. The team overwhelmingly selected Infinite Campus due to its scheduling application, excellence in grade book application, and the ease in which reports could be produced. It also provides a web-based portal which makes student data accessible to parents, students and educators anytime and anywhere.
How Will it be Implemented?
Work towards the implementation of Infinite Campus has been ongoing since early summer 2011. The IS Department has been preparing data for the conversion and work process teams have been renumbering courses, reviewing enrollment processes and analyzing attendance codes in preparation of the new system implementation. Other groups such as ELL, Early Learners and Health Administrators have been investigating how Infinite Campus can be used to improve their Department’s operations.