Schoology Learning vs. Skyward Student Management System

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Schoology Learning
Score 9.4 out of 10
N/A
Schoology aims to combine as many parts of the learning process as possible into a single platform for K-12 students. By doing this they aim to simplify the learning experience for students, parents, and teachers.N/A
Skyward Student Management System
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Skyward, headquartered in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, offers the Skyward Student Management System, a k-12 student information system which provides classroom tools (e.g. gradebook, attendance tracking, etc), Family Engagement tools with portal, as well as admin and student services task management.N/A
Pricing
Schoology LearningSkyward Student Management System
Editions & Modules
Schoology Basic
Free
Schoology Enterprise
Contact sales team
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Schoology LearningSkyward Student Management System
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsReach out to the vendor for pricing options based on your needs.
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Community Pulse
Schoology LearningSkyward Student Management System
Considered Both Products
Schoology Learning
Chose Schoology Learning
Schoology fit the right price point, was a familiar platform for some of our students because they use it at their other schools, which were two reasons we did not choose [an] Infinite Campus. Additionally, we used Moodle before, but it was not as robust for the areas that we …
Skyward Student Management System
Chose Skyward Student Management System
We have used Tenex and Lettergrade and have evaluated Powerschool, Saphire, ClassMate, and Pentamation.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Schoology LearningSkyward Student Management System
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Schoology Learning
7.1
40 Ratings
15% below category average
Skyward Student Management System
-
Ratings
Course authoring7.238 Ratings00 Ratings
Course catalog or library7.527 Ratings00 Ratings
Player/Portal8.129 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning content8.433 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile friendly6.538 Ratings00 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications7.334 Ratings00 Ratings
Assignments6.540 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance management7.923 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning administration7.033 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics5.837 Ratings00 Ratings
Social learning5.935 Ratings00 Ratings
Student and Faculty Administration
Comparison of Student and Faculty Administration features of Product A and Product B
Schoology Learning
-
Ratings
Skyward Student Management System
6.9
4 Ratings
19% below category average
Integrations with 3rd-Party Education Technology00 Ratings6.02 Ratings
District Communications, such as messaging and alerting00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Roster Management00 Ratings8.34 Ratings
Platform Customization00 Ratings3.02 Ratings
Teacher Self-Service00 Ratings6.33 Ratings
Student Data Security00 Ratings8.74 Ratings
Community Support00 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Class Scheduling00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
State and National-level Reporting00 Ratings8.52 Ratings
Teacher and Parent Mobile Application00 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Schoology LearningSkyward Student Management System
Small Businesses
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Score 9.6 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
Jenzabar ONE
Jenzabar ONE
Score 9.5 out of 10
Schoolmint Hero
Schoolmint Hero
Score 9.7 out of 10
Enterprises
Intellum
Intellum
Score 9.2 out of 10
Schoolmint Hero
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Score 9.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
Schoology LearningSkyward Student Management System
Likelihood to Recommend
6.3
(113 ratings)
8.1
(16 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
4.5
(6 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
4.3
(9 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
6.4
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
1.0
(9 ratings)
6.0
(2 ratings)
Online Training
4.5
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
3.6
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Schoology LearningSkyward Student Management System
Likelihood to Recommend
PowerSchool Group LLC
Schoology does the job well enough, but there are enough areas of contention that make advanced use of the system unwieldy. District staff does not have easy reporting ability to determine adoption and use of the platform without having to export to another program for analysis. The reliability of the system is a huge pain point as we need to deliver the curriculum but cannot count on it being available when we need to use it.
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Skyward
There is nothing specific that I would say sets it apart from any other LMS, but once you are used to the user interface and various features, it does everything that is needed and integrates well enough with other software to function. Probably isn't necessary in a smaller setting, but for multiple building districts, it is certainly robust enough to handle data collection and storage.
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Pros
PowerSchool Group LLC
  • Assessments - Much more interactive and have more grading options than Google Forms
  • Auto-rostering - We are able to use Infinite Campus to automatically roster classes and there are no extra steps
  • Family/Guardian access - Schoology allows families to have a sign in and see student grades & work.
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Skyward
  • Flexibility. This multitude of fields available makes it easy to capture data the way we want or need to.
  • Quick response to trouble tickets. The company strives to reach out to the customer within an hour and start the process of resolution.
  • User focused. Improvements to the system always look at how the end user experience can be enhanced.
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Cons
PowerSchool Group LLC
  • While this product constantly seeks to make improvements, certain features need tweaking. As educators enroll in various courses, these course tend to accumulate. If the educator is not an administrator of the course, it is next to impossible to get out.
  • Switching from one course/group to another course/group takes several steps. Not always easy to find the course/group needed.
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Skyward
  • Confusion when it comes to student grades- sometimes there are two different letter grades for a student for what is posted as "TR1" and "PR1." How does a teacher know which of these grades will be posted to a student's report card? How does a teacher know what the student's actual grade is for a particular course?
  • Switching between the Educator Access Plus and Student Management tabs can be complicated, especially for those new to the system. Why can't everything be in one place?
  • I recognize that Skyward logs out after a certain period of inactivity to preserve privacy of users, but is there a way to change those settings so that Skyward does not log out as frequently? It is difficult to keep having to log back in completely again.
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Likelihood to Renew
PowerSchool Group LLC
While we have taken time to re-evaluate our selected 1:1 devices, Schoology's impact on student learning is unquestioned. Students are able to connect with other learners, create and share products of their learning, and develop their digital fluency through their use of Schoology.
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Skyward
It is the system I am most comfortable with, so having to learn a new system outweighs any problems I have with Skyward.
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Usability
PowerSchool Group LLC
It's very easy to use Schoology. As with any LMS, it helps to learn some tips and tricks prior to getting started. But, each item is clearly indicated within the platform. If I want to add materials, it is right at the top of my screen. If I want to view the calendar, it is indicated to the right of my screen. Navigating a course and the platform is quite straightforward. Additionally, the benefit of Schoology's help center and user community makes asking and answering questions quick and easy.
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Skyward
It takes some time to get used to navigating the features and layers, but once you know your way around it, it's pretty good.
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Reliability and Availability
PowerSchool Group LLC
Generally good, but issue self-reporting has become a problem. When there are issues, it can be 20 minutes to an hour before it gets noted on the status page
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Skyward
No answers on this topic
Performance
PowerSchool Group LLC
Course saves or transfers can take several minutes and up to an hour
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Skyward
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
PowerSchool Group LLC
We have county-level support and district-level support, but their HELP page offers everything that is needed to answer questions and to find "how-to" information for staff. This includes video and written directions for every available feature. Schoology has also worked with our district to improve their product.
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Skyward
Overall great job, issues were taken care of. People in support do care.
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In-Person Training
PowerSchool Group LLC
Too surface level with no follow-up. A
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Skyward
No answers on this topic
Online Training
PowerSchool Group LLC
Sit and get with very little hands-on time. 5 minutes to try out a feature/question type, etc. is not enough time. Once your training is done, there is no option for new employees to get that training without having to rebook and pay for the training again. If you pay for basic training, that should be available to a district to use in the future.
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Skyward
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
PowerSchool Group LLC
No answers on this topic
Skyward
Yes, I was part of the implementation team.
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Alternatives Considered
PowerSchool Group LLC
I have taught using both Edmodo and Google Classroom. While both were easier than Schoology was to get in the beginning, Schoology is infinitely more powerful than either of them was. I can do so much more, and differentiate so much easier using Schoology than I could with either of my previous LMSs.
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Skyward
I, personally, have not used other Student Management Systems, but having used Skyward, I do not necessarily feel any overwhelming desire to seek out the competitive software programs. Skyward does what it says it will and provides my school district with an easy and organized way to share and access all of the relevant student and family information we need. It serves it's purpose well and meets our needs.
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Scalability
PowerSchool Group LLC
We use it 5-12 so scalability is not an issue but sharing materials between departments including common assessments is difficult without paying for add-on features
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Skyward
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
PowerSchool Group LLC
  • Using Schoology to build a foundation for a blended learning model has helped increase my students ABC rate between 15-20% in all classes!
  • Using Schoology is forcing my students to become responsible for their own learning!
  • The only negative thing I have encountered is the students resistance to change!
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Skyward
  • Overall, Skyward has had a positive impact. One way is the student information that is shared and available to see. If I need to know something about a student’s academic history, Skyward has it.
  • Another way it has impacted our district is the way it has streamlined all of our payroll information. I can see check histories, different parts of my salary, and the year-end totals all in one place.
  • Skyward has also made a big impact on our district by making it easier to communicate with parents. All the parents’ contact information is available and email is even included in the program.
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ScreenShots

Schoology Learning Screenshots

Screenshot of Example of Schoology’s course dashboard.