School information systems are already part of the academic life for thousands of institutions around the world. The easiness of use, as well as the structured environment they provide to everyone involved, including students, teachers and parents, is one of the major reasons that school information systems have become so popular in recent years.
But what makes a school information system a good one? Here are the 5 criteria that will help you evaluate if an investment in a new SIS is actually worth it:
When evaluating your school information system, you might underestimate how much money cheap software can actually cost you in the long run.
Future repair costs and residual value, as well as limited functionality and system inflexibility, can cost way more than an initially expensive school information system. So, in order to evaluate your platform, you should take into consideration:
Is your software flexible enough to carry out all your needs or is it constrained by a one-size-fits-all solution that lacks the flexibility that you need? A school information system should be:
When technology and certain software tools are not compatible with each other, teachers, students and pretty much everyone involved face consequences. In general, consider these things:
School information systems in the past years were mainly on-premise focusing just on storing data about students. In our days, SIS systems must be connected with 3rd party systems, such as Office 365, and should be accessible from anywhere, anytime without compromising data security.
So, the future of the modern SIS lies in the cloud as well as in integrations with various LMS such as Moodle or Brightspace.
Data security is incredibly important for the protection of students’ privacy. In order to record if your SIS is protected effectively make yourself these questions:
In conclusion, the choice of an SIS can be critical for your school. A school information system is an investment for the effective management of your school and of course, students’ future success in a complex and technology-driven world.
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