A student information system (also known as a student management system or school management system) is computer software for educational institutions to manage student data.
It helps members of the school or other educational organization to organize their work in learning and teaching, and to simplify digital processes, especially those that involve analytical evaluation, statistics, or information that is updated very frequently and should be made available to its recipients in a timely manner.
This type of software typically provides tracking of demographic attributes, gradebooks, tracking student attendance, calendars, reporting, building student schedules, transcripts, and managing many other student-related data needs.
A student information system is a critical application for educational organizations. They help to automate many daily tasks, and reduce the amount of time spent on administrative functions. By helping teachers to be more productive and informed, this type of software can make a real contribution to the classroom. Parents also have access to data about their children, helping them to make enlightened educational decisions.
In some respects, a student information system has similarities with Enterprise Resource Planning.
To provide an insight into the quality of software available, we have compiled a list of 7 free and open source student information systems. Hopefully there will be something of interest for any educational establishment that needs to manage student data. Here’s our verdict.
Let’s explore the 7 student information systems at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot of the software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.
|Student Information Systems|
|openSIS||Rivals costly commercial alternatives|
|Open Admin for Schools||Designed for elementary, K-12, and high schools|
|RosarioSIS||Student Information System for School Management|
|AlekSIS||Generic school information system|
|SchoolTool||Common global school administration infrastructure|
|Fedena||Accomplished school management software|
|ClaSS||Classroom information assistant and school management system|
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