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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Student and Faculty Administration

    PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Synergy Education Platform

    83%
    Synergy Education Platform ranks higher in 12/12 features

    Integrations with 3rd-Party Education Technology

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    3.0
    30%
    1 Rating

    Online Registration Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating

    District Communications, such as messaging and alerting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating

    Roster Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating

    Platform Customization

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating

    Teacher Self-Service

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.0
    10%
    1 Rating

    Student Data Security

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating

    Community Support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating

    Class Scheduling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating

    State and National-level Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating

    Compliance Support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating

    Teacher and Parent Mobile Application

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating

    Attribute Ratings

    • PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

    90%
    1 Rating
    5.0

    Synergy Education Platform

    50%
    3 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

    PowerSchool Special Education is well suited in one specific area: special education in elementary, middle and high schools. It works here due to the nature of the platform, which focuses on meeting the needs of students with all disabilities. The software offers information on specific cases, students, as well as Academics. This supports the mission of supporting all students and making it easier for educators, parents, and administration to be more heavily involved in tracking, monitoring and supporting students. When using PowerSchool Special Education, it simplifies the IEP process. Collaboration is one of the best abilities the software provides. There is a need to track program eligibility, including 501 accommodations and Title 1, and in a school with such a large population, the functionality that this software offers to users is important.
    Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Synergy Education Platform

    Very slow, you literally have to click save for every transaction or it is lost. It should have an autosave feature.It should have automatic commands:E for excusedor a one-click solution for excusing student work
    Nichole Kellerman | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

    • It provides all the documents necessary for supporting federal and state laws in regards to the special education program.
    • Extremely effective in helping to meet reporting standards for students. Teachers that fall behind on deadlines or timelines are given reminders and provided with processes to monitor progress and reporting.
    • Case management is easy, which leads to 100% compliance. This is important because the best strength is that this platform helps to increase funding by meeting all requirements of the Fed and State.
    • An additional strength is the collaborative potential it offers. The platform offers student portals to let staff access all resources on demand.
    Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Synergy Education Platform

    • Analytics
    • Engagement Data
    • Streamlined Information
    Jaclyn Parker, MPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

    • In terms of improvement, the interface is extremely ugly and simple in design, color and icon design. The platform needs to have a much more interactive and appealing interface so that use is more comfortable.
    • For parents, their side of the platform has a lot of options. That needs to be simplified. I think less and more drop downs within the key menus would help.
    • The disability codes are very lengthy. Perhaps there are easier or faster ways to access subsections to select.
    Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Synergy Education Platform

    • Less downtime during the day.
    • Not logging out after a certain time of inactivity.
    • Online user-manuals for each school district.
    Whitney Garnai, M. Ed. | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Synergy Education Platform

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Alternatives Considered

    PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

    There is no other software on the market that is specifically focused on improving the support of special education programs. PowerSchool Special Education system has a similar interface and structure that Moodle Rooms offer; however, Moodle Rooms is for content management and student management. PowerSchool Special Education is not related to course curriculum management, it is primarily focused on special education programs. Managing special education programs can be very difficult and stressful. It is impossible to successfully comply and healthily support a special education program without tools such as PowerSchool Special Education. Even more important than what other software does do for schools and educators, this platform makes it more convenient for families. Electronic forms and parent portals make processes easier.
    Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Synergy Education Platform

    Synergy is great at keeping all student data in one place.It is very inefficient for teachers entering grades.
    Nichole Kellerman | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

    • There is also a positive impact on ROI for the school. Utilizing this software provides the school with the ability to increase the potential it receives in Title 1 funding. Title 1 funding is a major source of funding for inner-city schools in particular.
    • Normally, the IEP and tracking process is lengthy, filled with paper, and often takes more time than necessary. Utilizing this software speeds up the process and provides clear requirements to be met, which reduces the number of questions and confusing meetings or papers left in teacher mailboxes.
    • I have not experienced a negative return on investment with the software, because, without it, the paper trail would be too lengthy and the process would be much more convoluted, with long meetings, long sheets of paperwork, and missed deadlines due to a lack of clear collaboration.
    Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Synergy Education Platform

    • Saved Time
    • Saved Money
    • Easier to Access Analytics
    Jaclyn Parker, MPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

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    Synergy Education Platform

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