Gartner, AASA and CoSN Release Third Report from Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Kitty Porterfield, kporterfield@aasa.org, 703-774-6953
Jennifer Cummings, jcummings@cosn.org, 202-822-9491
Andrew Spender, andrew.spender@gartner.com, 203-316-3286

WASHINGTON, DC (June 21, 2012) – In collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), Gartner, Inc., has released the third report from the Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action program titled, “The U.S. SIS and LMS Solution Market.” The report aggregates information about Student Information Systems (SIS) and Learning Management Systems (LMS) vendor offerings.

The report aims to help district, school and technology leaders understand the complex market of vendors with SIS and LMS solutions as well as geographical and customer-size offerings. The research is not meant to provide an exhaustive list of SIS and LMS vendors, but rather an overview of commercial, off-the-shelf SIS and LMS applications. The report presents the vendors positioning by district size, which is where vendors’ customers fit into student population tiers, and how vendors support alternative delivery methods of providing the application, whether they be on-site, hosted by the vendor or in the cloud.

“These reports aggregate objective information on a broad group of SIS and LMS solutions for K-12 districts and education agencies in a single location for the first time. Education agencies will find value in having ready access to this information as a way to navigate the confusing array of SIS and LMS solutions providing source data to help improve instructional practices. This is critical for today’s cash-strapped education agencies,” said Ivy Anderson, Gartner Managing Partner, and lead for the Closing the Gap program.

Detailed information on the individual vendors and their respective SIS or LMS product offerings accompanies the report. The information is presented in a user-friendly format that allows readers to easily compare product offerings as part of their investigation into solutions to meet their needs. Seven SIS and six LMS vendors participated in Gartner’s market survey by providing in-depth information on their SIS and LMS product strategy, functionality, implementation process and technical architecture. The report and all documents – the vendor overview report, vendor solution overviews and detailed solution offerings – can be found on the Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action website. All of the information is available free of charge.

“This initiative provides school district leaders an important decision-making tool in a fast-changing industry,” said AASA executive director Daniel A. Domenech. “In today’s classroom, having good data is key to teaching and learning. But having the right data, in a timely manner and in a user-friendly format, depends largely on having the right delivery systems. Closing the Gap helps superintendents choose wisely.”

“As SIS and LMS technologies continue to evolve, it is essential that there is a comprehensive resource that pools together information on these solutions so education leaders can determine what best meets their school’s or district’s needs. Effectively capturing data is an important and necessary step toward leveraging it to achieve educational goals and improve outcomes,” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger.

Closing the Gap is funded through the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage.


About CoSN
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources.

About Gartner, Inc.
Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is a valuable partner to 60,000 clients in 11,500 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Gartner has extensive experience assisting K-12 and higher education organizations address opportunities and business challenges utilizing information technology. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,600 associates, including 1,250 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 80 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.
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