Skyward, a provider of administrative software and IT consulting services to K-12 school districts, has announced the launch of SkyCoder, a free tool that enables districts to customize its solutions for greater control and advanced data management capabilities. Customers can now tailor screens and field rules to fit their needs without using in-house development staff or expensive customizations, saving districts time and money.
SkyCoder provides districts with the option to extend custom-defined parameters, fields and validations to ensure district-specific needs are met, including modifying existing fields or adding new fields. Customers can also flag required fields within a user profile, providing districts with necessary administrative alerts and information. For example, when a district's data clerk tries to enter an invalid code, the field can be flagged to draw the clerk's attention to the error. This functionality helps ensure that the proper information is entered at the source.
Daniel Hornsby, applications manager for the North East Florida Education Consortium, is implementing SkyCoder into the Student Management and School Business Suites for its 11 member districts that are Skyward customers. The consortium signed on as one of the first SkyCoder users after requesting a solution that required less review time of state reporting data.
The consortium plans to roll out the SkyCoder modifications to the 11 member districts within the next few weeks. Hornsby said that throughout the year there are 13 survey-reporting periods in the state of Florida, and SkyCoder will give the consortium more control during these frequent data review time periods.
In addition to customization of screens and field rules, SkyCoder features an import/export function that enables scripts to be shared among districts, once again saving districts time and money. For more information on the Skyward administrative software and IT consulting services for K-12 districts, visit www.skyward.com.
Source: Skyward, www.skyward.com