Contact: Linda Murrin
For Immediate release
Twenty-third School from Rockford Diocese Adopts SchoolInsight/TeacherEase
Elmhurst, IL (October 11, 2010) - St. Andrew School in Rock Falls, IL has recently become the twenty-third Catholic school in the Diocese of Rockford that now uses either TeacherEase, SchoolInsight or both solutions to increase the effectiveness of their school. Schools in every Deanery in the Rockford Diocese have partnered with Common Goal Systems to implement the company¡¦s web-based student management system and/or gradebook, which gives them real-time access to student information. The system may be used to take attendance, run report cards, manage demographics, track lunch, create standards-based lesson plans, and more. Parents can view up-to-the-minute grades, assignments and fees via the Internet.
Diocese of Rockford Superintendent Michael Kagan is familiar with Common Goal Systems, both as a superintendent, as well as a former principal of St. James Catholic School in Rockford.
Mr. Kagan explained, "We used the TeacherEase gradebook at St. James and found it very simple for teachers to use with easy access that allowed parents to check student progress. Parents and staff were able to effectively communicate and collaborate regarding a student's progress, both from an academic and behavior perspective."
The 23 schools currently using TeacherEase and SchoolInsight in the Diocese of Rockford have found it to be an affordable and timely way to communicate with parents and make data-driven decisions.
Mr. Kagan added, "Given the effectiveness of TeacherEase, it was well worth the investment. It was reasonably priced, considering the ease of access for parents. Over 95% of the parents at St. James were found to have Internet access. TeacherEase saved parents' and teachers' time by answering questions about their students without the traditional approaches of calling or making teacher appointments."
Because TeacherEase and SchoolInsight are "cloud computing", information can be accessed quite simply with an Internet connection. Catholic school parents in the Rockford diocese are pleased and potential problems are identified early.
"Parents have responded very positively," Mr. Kagan pointed out. "We live in a busy world and parents enjoy the quick access, whether at a home or work computer." He added, ¡§Increasing the speed that information is shared back and forth between school and home allows parents and teachers to collaborate and identify potential academic or behavior issues early, before they become problems."
Common Goal Systems (www.common-goal.com) provides web-based services to help schools and teachers work more efficiently. In addition to the SchoolInsight Student Information System and TeacherEase, the web-based gradebook, the company's other modules include: Health, Discipline, Longitudinal Data, Advanced Scheduling, and Lunch. Using the Software as a Service model (SaaS), the company offers its subscription services via the Internet and is responsible for the deployment, operation, and maintenance of the IT infrastructure. Founded in 2001, Common Goal Systems has hundreds of Catholic school throughout the US and thousands of public and non-public school customers throughout the world. They were recently chosen as the student management system provider for the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- Common Goal Systems, Inc Press Release, October 11, 2010