In the late fall of 2010 AAL and its product, eSIS, was purchased by Pearson, a large multi-national corporation. eSIS users were informed that eSIS was to be discontinued and an updated AAL eSIS product currently under development (eSISjx) would be marketed only outside of North America. All Oregon eSIS license holders were offered a one-to-one license exchange to move to the Pearson PowerSchool product along with reduced implementation fees. Pearson has stated eSIS will no longer be maintained after July 1, 2012.
The members of the Oregon eSIS consortium are currently faced with the prospect of moving to a new and different student system. Additionally other, non-eSIS Oregon districts and ESDs have indicated interest in exploring options for a different student system. While the Pearson product is available at a reduced one-time purchase cost, it may or may not be the best long-term solution for meeting the needs of Oregon school districts, or provide the lowest on-going overall return on investment. Choosing a replacement will require districts to make a judgment about the capabilities of new systems, the fit between those capabilities and local needs, the expenses and technical characteristics of the hardware and software, and the quality of service provided by the new vendor. Rather than engage in a number of separate and disconnected investigations, the members of the Oregon eSIS consortium and other interested districts and ESDs have elected to conduct a coordinated search and decision process. This process may or may not end in the selection of a common successor product but the work to reach this decision will be reduced substantially by conducting a common analysis.
At the State Information Technology Managers meeting held on Friday, January 7, 2011, a steering committee was selected to lead the coordination and hiring of a project director, to oversee requirements gathering and, to steer the creation of an RFP for one or more student information systems meeting the needs of all Oregon school districts, ESDs and the Department of Education. The steering committee is comprised of Karla Hobbs (Multnomah ESD), Les Moore (Eugene SD), Kristen Duus (Salem-Keizer SD), Marita Ingalsbe (Portland SD) and, Rick Wahlstrom (Northwest Regional ESD).
To ensure a fully transparent process, a website has been created to provide updates and allow input. The website is available at: http://www.oregonsis.org. If you should have any questions about this initiative, please contact your Technology Manager.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with your district on this very important system improvement opportunity.
Members of the Student Information System Steering Committee