Spring ISD is set to begin the implementation process for its new student information system (SIS), called Aeries, which will eventually replace eSchool, the SIS currently in use by the district. The 18-month implementation period is designed to allow ample time for both back-end system integration and training for employees and parents so they are prepared once the Aeries system goes live in time for the 2024-25 school year.
“We’re always on the lookout for ways to ensure that the information technology systems we have in place are ready to meet the daily demands and challenges we face as a district,” said Chief Operations Officer Mark Miranda. “The Aeries platform will provide us with increased support and streamlined processes, strong compliance tools, and real-time data and analytics to help us stay ahead of the curve and improve student outcomes.”
After the rollout is complete, Aeries will be the go-to platform for a variety of functions, encompassing registration and transfer applications, attendance tracking, student data management, compliance and analytics, and grade reporting. Just as with the current SIS, staff will have access through the ClassLink portal, while parents and guardians will have access to Aeries through the parent portal.
“A 21st century school district is a data-driven school district, and our effective management of student information is a fundamental element in everything that we do,” Miranda said. “Data matters, whether it’s preparing required reports for the TEA’s Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) or accurately tracking real-time student attendance data so we can ensure the academic progress of every student, every day.”
With the implementation continuing over the next year-and-a-half on the technology side, training for Aeries users will begin sometime next year, with training sessions spaced out to allow everyone to learn their way around the new system before it goes live ahead of the 2024-25 school year.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” Miranda said, “but we’re excited about the ways Aeries will empower educators and support teaching and learning here in Spring ISD.”