Sun Delivers Back Office Support to ISIMS for Managing Student Data

6/22/2004 - Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced that Idaho school districts are tapping Sun technologies to implement the Idaho Student Information Management System (ISIMS). ISIMS will provide an efficient statewide student information management system designed to provide new resources for parents, teachers, students, and all education stakeholders. Centralizing student information systems under a unified network allows the state's schools to comply with the reporting requirements set forth in the historic No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation.

With 17 separate student information systems in use in Idaho, most were incompatible. Idaho was determined to provide a seamless system for managing student information that would not only improve the student learning environment and better support schools and teachers, it also would allow them to comply with NCLB requirements.

"NCLB is designed to help all students, across the board, reach their potential while also requiring every school to use information in new ways. By requiring the use of information to show evidence of success for students and educational programs and processes, the need to be a modern, networked enterprise has never been greater," said Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and Research at Sun Microsystems. "The Idaho school system and others facing similar challenges are making a solid investment in the future of its students."

The ISIMS project will provide a tightly integrated solution where Sun Microsystems powers the infrastructure. ISIMS is leveraging a myriad of entry-level and mid-range Sun servers including SunFire V1280 servers, SunFire V440 servers and SunFire V210 servers to build its leading hardware platform. AAL’s eSIS will provide the administrative tool box with components for tracking student attendance, scheduling and discipline. The Plato Orion software will be used primarily to connect curriculum goals, teach lesson planning and help teachers meet the unique needs of the individual student. CRI Advantage, a leader in integrated services management, together with Advantech, the leading ePlatform service provider, is working closely with Sun, AAL and Plato to integrate the tools and technology necessary to provide a rock-solid platform for Idaho schools.

The J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation has dedicated $35 million to the development and implementation of the ISIMS systems. House Bill 367 provides ongoing funding by the state of Idaho to operate and maintain the system once it is implemented.

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