PowerSchool

In November 2010, the vendor for the district's Student Information System, Zangle, went out of business. Since that time, the district has not had a support provider for Zangle. In addition, Zangle is written on an outdated software platform that cannot be upgraded. These critical issues prompted the District to look for and ultimately select a new SIS through a Request For Proposal (RFP) process.

On December 13, 2011, The Board of Education approved the Five-Year Enterprise Software Plan Adobe PDF which included implementing a new SIS to replace Zangle. After a thorough selection process using the District’s RFP process, a committee comprised of both school site and central office staff selected Pearson PowerSchool as its final recommendation for Board approval. On May 15, 2012, the Board approved the committee’s recommendation. For more details, see Item E.34 from the May 15, 2012 Board Meeting.
 

Timeline

 

Schedule

Milestone(s)

August 2012 Project Kickoff
October 2012-April 2013 Subject Matter Expert Interviews
February 2013 PowerSchool master schedule building training
February 2013 Deploy PowerSchool to school sites to begin building 2013-2014 master schedules
Spring 2013 Initial school/central office, administrator, and digital teacher leader PowerSchool training
June 2013-August 2013 Schools close out 2012-2013 school year in Zangle (includes summer school)
July/August 2013 Classroom teacher training  (4 hours)
July/August/September 2013 Refresher school/central office and administrator PowerSchool training
July 2013-January 2014All PowerSchool system modules developed, tested, and ready for go-live
July 2013-January 2014User training on PowerSchool system customizations  
August 1-4, 2013PowerSchool conversion starts. Zangle made read only. 
August 5, 2013PowerSchool is San Diego Unified's system of record. Zangle is available to look-up information.
September 2013
(First week of school)

On-site go-live support for school sites

September 2013 Opening of 2013-2014 school year in PowerSchool
September/October 2013Deploy PowerSchool on-line re-registration application for school site deployment to parents
 

Key Contacts

Paul Gustafson
Project Manager for PowerSchool
powerschool@sandi.net

Marie Laserna
IT Training Manager
mlaserna@sandi.net