Lead proponent selected for BCeSIS replacement

Education, Government Operations Wednesday, July 24, 2013 9:00 AM

VICTORIA - The Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc. has been selected as the lead proponent 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 is entering into contract negotiations and expects to achieve a final contract this fall. It is anticipated that the initial roll-out and transition to the Aspen student information service will begin in 2014, with provincewide 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, counselors, 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.

Media Contact:

Government Communications & Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-5963

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