In the ever-changing environment of education technology, sometimes it seems that enduring partnerships between districts and vendors are few and far between. But that isn’t the case for Hudson School District, located near the state border in northwest Wisconsin. The district has been a Skyward partner for nearly 30 years, and it’s no surprise why.
Nancy Toll, instructional technology coordinator at Hudson, credits Skyward with providing the tools that students and teachers need to facilitate classroom learning, without letting technology itself take over. The seamless integration of Skyward’s Student Management and School Business Suites has allowed students, parents and teachers to stay up to date with current information and gain a better understanding of student achievement.
“Teachers have access to all of their students’ common assessment scores, academic progress, and demographic information, so that they can truly personalize learning for their students,” Toll explained. “Many teachers take advantage of Skyward’s online assignments, which can allow students and teachers to receive immediate feedback, so adjustments can be made accordingly.”
Skyward’s SIS has helped Hudson better identify at-risk students through its RTI watch list at the high school level. “This allowed our guidance counselors a way to focus on a small group of students with specific needs, and helped them avoid future attendance consequences due to truancy,” Toll said. “We have also used the watch list at the elementary level to help identify students for placement into various programs and classes to increase their academic success.”
Students at Hudson often monitor their own progress using Skyward’s Student Access, which has contributed to a decline in the number of missing and incomplete assignments. With Family Access, parents can also easily check their child’s progress at any time.
“For students, the value of the program comes with the ability to self-monitor progress and have access to online assessments, which teachers post for their use,” Toll explained. “Because parents can also view student information, they have become more active partners in their child’s education and can now easily interact with teachers if they have questions or concerns.”
Over the past decade, the district has seen a continued increase in the use of Family and Student Access by parents and students. Students and parents at the high school-level not only use the tool to check grades and communicate, but also to view available courses online and help plan students’ academic futures.