Ministry of Education
VICTORIA – The Ministry of Education, in consultation with school district representatives, has chosen Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc. to implement and maintain a new student information service to replace the existing British Columbia Enterprise Student Information System (BCeSIS).
Fujitsu has partnered with Follett Corporation to use its Aspen student information system to deliver modern, stable, full-featured, secure data management services to B.C. schools. Now used in 14 U.S. states and the United Kingdom, Aspen serves more than one million students.
The ministry expects to enter into a final contract for the service this fall. It is anticipated that the initial roll-out and transition to the Aspen student information service will begin in 2014, with province-wide implementation in 2015.
The new system is designed to meet the requirements for a single student record containing all relevant enrolment, demographic and achievement information concerning the educational careers of students from pre-kindergarten to completion of school. It will deliver significant improvements in service and functionality, including features and flexibility to support personalized learning.
The new student information system will also provide a secure, comprehensive web-based portal that allows parents and students to access student records, monitor student progress on a continual basis and communicate privately with teachers. All information collected will remain in Canada, with the primary data centre in Kelowna and backup servers in Regina.
The requirements for the data information service were drafted by representatives from across the kindergarten to Grade 12 education sector, including teachers, counsellors, district staff and administrators, vice-principals and principals, and technologists. The ministry will work closely with users and stakeholder groups to ensure that school districts and independent schools have the tools they need to implement the new service effectively, with minimum disruption to users.