Elements and Functions of an Effective Information System Case

A New Student Information System

Your school district (or educational training organization) has determined that it is not ready to meet its responsibilities to comply with the new data reporting demands from the state and federal legislation. The existing student information system needs replacement, or at the very least, an upgrade. You have been asked to be a committee member and help critically evaluate the market of software publishers who claim their products are SIF (or SIS) compliant. The committee is made up of school board members, and key administrators, teachers, local business leaders, and parents in the community.

At an initial meeting, a fellow committee member asks what SIF stands for and why it is important to the selection process. Another member feels that no vendor should be contacted until the committee lists components for an effective information system that will also conform with requirements set forth in the state and federal legislation.

Case Assignment

After reading the Module 1 articles, please summarize in 3-4 pages (not including the cover sheet and reference list), what you told the committee. Be sure to define SIF, and illustrate ‘why’ or ‘why not’ vendors should be contacted to help.

As Master’s-level students, it is expected you have good research abilities.

This assignment should focus on your area of study (elementary, secondary, post-secondary, or adult education).

Assignment Expectations

To receive maximum credit, you must demonstrate understanding of context and purpose of the assignment by bringing all required elements (described above) to the discussion, and meeting additional expectations (described below).

The expected length of your Case assignment is 3 – 4 pages.

Include at least three in-text references, preferably including one which is other than those provided in the assigned readings.

As Master’s level students, it is expected that you develop strong skills for reviewing literature. (Students must conduct additional review of the literature as necessary.)

Your reference list and overall paper must be formatted properly in APA format and style.

Background Information:

Access 4 Learning Community. (A4LC). (2017). White papers. Retrieved from http://www.a4l.org/page/WhitePapers

Anonymous. (2017). What’s all the hype? Teach-nology. Retrieved from http://www.teachnology.com/tutorials/databases/

developerWorks. (2011). Schools interoperability framework and SOA: An interoperability bridge. Retrieved from https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/websphere/libra…

Institute for Education Sciences. (2017). Tables and figures. Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/quicktables

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). (2017). NASBE state policy database. Retrieved from http://statepolicies.nasbe.org/

U.S. Department of Education. (2012). Proposed priority: Technical assistance on state data collection, analysis, and reporting–National IDEA Technical Assistance Center on Early Childhood Longitudinal Data Systems; CFDA Number 84.373Z: Federal Register Extracts. Education Department Data and Publications.

U.S. Department of Education. (2017). Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Retrieved from https://www.ed.gov/essa

Washington State School Directors’ Association. (2011). The Role of School Boards in Improving Student Achievement: Guiding Principles from WSSDA. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED521566.pdf

Additional Resources

Writing Resources

As indicated via the expectations for each case assignment essay, as well as our session long project – all submissions are to reflect graduate level research and writing skills. The following web-based resources provide excellent guidance toward this end.

APA 6th Edition Citation Style, Citation Style Management (2010). Cornell University Library. Retrieved May 2012 from http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tut…

APA formatting and style guide (2009), from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue. Retrieved May 2012 from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ .

APA Overview and Workshop (2009), from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue. Retrieved May 2012 from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/664/01/

Avoiding Plagiarism (2009), from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue. Retrieved May 2012 from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/

Grammar and Mechanics (2009), from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue. Retrieved May 2012 from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/


Also, please use resource below to explore additional literature support for your topic: search engine sites such as Google

Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/

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