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Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)

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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)

LMS aspect is extremely strong. The user interface is intuitive and pretty easy to learn even for less tech-oriented teachers and families. Initial set up is extremely cumbersome and needs to be thoroughly planned prior to beginning—there are nuances that will sneak up on you and cause issues if not considered well in advance. An example is setting up your grade plans correctly so you can have report cards appear as you want. Be sure you speak in-depth with your product manager about importing data from your previous SIS and understand what will and will not be imported. It is very difficult to harvest data for analytics and Blackbaud's current analytics package is not as robust as I would like at this point.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

In the classroom it is very well suited. For classroom teachers, and for school systems in general. It is appropriate in this capacity because it creates a streamlined sense of communication for all stakeholders: teachers, parents, students, and administration. It makes parent meetings very easy, it makes interventions for students easy, and it helps administration keep tabs on overall progress
Saloni Hemani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.0
Course authoring
Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
9.0
Course catalog or library
Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
7.0
Player/Portal
Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
9.0
Learning content
Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.0
Mobile friendly
Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
5.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
7.5
Assignments
Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
10.0
Learning administration
Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.5
Social learning
Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.0

Pros

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)

  • Customer Support: Overall, the majority of analysts are knowledgeable and helpful. If they are not able to directly help with an issue they will escalate to appropriate departments and keep you informed of progress.
  • Partnerships: While the EMS can act as the whole solution, not all schools fit that mold. K12 Partnerships allow institutions to find the best individual fit while remaining connected via API/SSO, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

  • Hand in/Hand Out Assignments
  • Standards Based Assessments
Mike Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)

  • There should be the ability to making changes to the interface to help the visually impaired.
  • The changeover to the Blackbaud ID was unnecessary, consider restoring LDAP.
  • Some of the management interfaces to do tasks in Core are clunky, they could be redesigned to be more clear and streamlined,.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

  • The user interface is a little blocky and not entirely user-friendly.
  • It does take more training than we'd like with new staff.
Amy Westby | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions) 10.0
Based on 3 answers
Meeting our needs. No gaping holes motivating need for change.
JT Amirault | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions) 8.2
Based on 75 answers
So far I have not run into problems with contacting support but have heard that sometimes support is hard to reach or does not give you a helpful solution. Although, to be fair, I have not really asked advanced questions. I feel we need more time with implementation support and it made us felt very nervous about having everything implemented correctly.
Stella Limuel | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

PowerSchool Unified Classroom 8.5
Based on 2 answers
They are very responsive to the issues that we have and follow through with their assistance. Having a live assist that is available when our teachers need it is essential too. They also seem to listen to suggestions on making improvements and have been transparent with us when renovations are done.
Mike Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)

Blackbaud K-12 is very similar. I feel like I would be trading one set of issues for another so it's kind of a wash. We are very much hooked into the Blackbaud website with our Google SSO and Connect5 integrations. It would be difficult for us to transition. That is the main reason I haven't really entertained other web firms
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

I have used markbook and gradebook. Each system had good features that were slightly different but the fact that this one is web based and accessible makes it the best of the 3 I have used. The learning curve to using the program is similar to the other 2 and overall has allowed me to save time reporting to students and parents.
Mark Perry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)

  • The Enrollment management is a GREAT improvement from using Net Community. It use to take several minutes to set up a contract for one student. Now it is just a couple of minutes.
  • In Admissions the applications just need approval in Net Community it was a big syncing process that took a lot of time.
  • The website is very easy to use with uploading photos and text. It is great that you can have so many styles to apply.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

  • Positive impact- i don't know how much it costs but every teacher spends probably 1-4 hours on powerschool every week but it streamlines communication
Saloni Hemani | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
8.1
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
10.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Support Rating

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)
8.2
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.5

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