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Skyward SMS is well suited as a Student Management System for anyone who wants to drive their organization based on data. The capabilities of using the fields available as well as adding our own custom forms make data collection extremely easy. Reporting abilities take that data and allow us to make sense of what has been collected
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Veracross is software that can be highly recommended to anyone in the education industry. Veracross offers a breadth of services varying from administration to student-parent communication. The unique abilities that Veracross offers such as email reminders, attendance management, billing, and payment processing, and attendance tracking have made my job as an administrative support manager so much easier and more productive here at Teachables.
Read full review Pros It's a helpful way to hold and organize a large database of information. This is helpful when working at a school with a large number of students and when there is a need to pull up one specific student and see all of their information, past and present, in one place. Helpful way to organize and track student and staff meal purchases. Easy to track student grades and post comments about student performance. Read full review mobile-friendly portal for staffulty, parents, and students built-in or easy-to-configure integration with other systems (for example, RankOne and Naviance) targeted messaging based on data within the system "where is student now?" is one-click away Read full review Cons I would love to see teachers have a more user-friendly dashboard for each student where there were icons/buttons that could be pushed to take you to that student's IEP, grades, etc. It's all on a sidebar now, but some thing you have to do a few click-thru's to get to. Overall I have very few critiques of Skyward. I would like something that communicates more with parents of how to maximize their use of Skyward. For the not-so digitally inclined parents, it can be a bit intimidating to navigate this database system. Read full review In the development module, it is often hard to pull reports because there are so many ways to do it. I work around that by saving reports I often pull so I don’t have to constantly rebuild reports. The communications module, Composer, needs a major upgrade. It is not very user-friendly and there are not ways to edit or design modern and good-looking emails and newsletters. Not a lot of formatting options. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
Skyward is our core system, we are most likely going to be using it for some time
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We will continue to use Veracross for the simple fact that we have one database across all of the departments in our school. Veracross continues to listen to customer feedback and improve and enhance the system.
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Used by more than 1500 staff users in my district. Also used by 30000 parents.
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Overall great job, issues were taken care of. People in support do care.
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LOVE the Technical Response Team - the first line of help at Veracross. I can quickly submit a ticket and receive a response knowing that they have looked in our system and know what we are trying to do! Our account manager is also amazing! So nice to have a person within the company who knows our school and our needs!
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Yes, I was part of the implementation team.
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I think Skyward does really well compared to
. They both have the capability to see students’ information, behavior history, and academic history from the district. However,
has a slight edge on the grade book in the way that it can customize a grade book to meet our needs.
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Veracross has better built-in integrations with other platforms/systems. IT is much simpler and easy to use. It keeps records in a much simpler way and can be accessed through different modes of reporting. It is very easy to keep track of the progress in any training, project, or assignment with Veracross.
Read full review Return on Investment Skyward can be confusing for staff if they have never used it before as it is not intuitive therefore someone has to go over how to use it to new staff. Sometimes this can take weeks to a whole year to understand where to go. Skyward has increased issues with rostering for online services due to the fields not updating properly. This has caused weeks of headache for the technology department. Skyward does not have a Google integration so we have to buy a middle software to create users, groups, etc. Read full review Not sure, but our school has been using it for years, so it must be worth it. Veracross is good about updating and adding features. Nicole Glover
Technology Coordinator, Junior Kindergarten-Grade 12
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