Business and technology consulting firm Acumen Solutions has announced the SchoolForce K-12 Student Information Systems and performance solution. The cloud computing-based application was built on the Salesforce.com Force.com platform and integrated with Google Apps.
The solution is built upon open standards and is delivered via the Software-as-a-Service model and includes core SIS information which includes attendance, behavior, homework, student records and a Common Core compatible grade book. All of this can be shared with students and parents through a web portal.
SchoolForce will be distributed free of charge for a limited number of schools and districts in its first release and will be made available later this year to all K-12 schools and school districts. The solution allows schools and school districts to have open access to the source code of the SchoolForce application with the ability to enhance and extend it.
“State and local governments are under enormous pressure to improve the performance of their students with an ever shrinking budget,“ said Daniel Burton, senior vice president of Global Public Sector for salesforce.com. “Using SchoolForce on the Force.com cloud-computing platform gives teachers and administrators the tools they need to succeed.“
Acumen Solutions CEO David Joubran said SchoolForce has been another way of giving back to the community and his company is committed to making the solution available to all K-12 schools in the U.S.
SchoolForce requires the school or district to have a salesforce.com subscription, but the customized applications built for schools are free. Acumen Solutions is encouraging all SchoolForce users to share any code they develop as an extension of the core solution with the others in the K-12 community.