McHENRY, Ill., June 6, 2018 — Follett's Aspen Student Information System (SIS), which already is firmly established in Rhode Island as a partner to 50 percent of the state's K-12 school districts, has again earned preferred vendor status from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). When purchasing a new SIS, school districts and RIDE can continue to adopt Follett's Aspen without first issuing a request for proposal.
West Warwick Public Schools, which has six schools and serves more than 3,400 students, in 2010 was the first Rhode Island district to adopt Aspen.
"We are thrilled RIDE has renewed Aspen as a preferred SIS vendor," said Jim Monti, director of technology, West Warwick Public Schools. "We continue to utilize Aspen as an essential tool in making educational decisions regarding our students and the adults that serve them. It's amazing we've been using Aspen for almost a decade, yet we continue to discover new and innovative ways to use Aspen with our students, parents and educators. I'm excited about the future and can't wait to see what innovations we'll see over the next decade!"
In addition to a streamlined process removing the RFP mandate, schools in the state also will be able to negotiate more favorable prices with preferred vendors such as Follett. Rhode Island public schools serve 142,000 students in 36 districts and 286 schools.
In 2011, in response to the Aspen's rapid growth in the state, a group of school administrators formed the Rhode Island Aspen User Group. Organizers say the User Group provides a forum to share ideas and best practices, as well as offer Aspen districts in the state to effectively collaborate with each other.
Aspen is a 21st century SIS that offers a mobile-friendly, one-stop application for teachers, administrators and school community. It hosts and manages student data, safely and securely stores data such as class schedules, student performance, health records, and athletic eligibility, and allows educators to closely monitor student progress, implement new curriculum, and conveniently communicate with parents.
Aspen currently serves more than two million students throughout 240 school districts in the U.S. and Canada. Follett recently completed the Ed-Fi Data Standard Certification for Aspen, which is essential for seamless integration between the SIS and other technology platforms, as well as empowering educators with key data.
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About Follett's PreK-12 Business
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
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About Follett Corporation
Follett is a $3.4 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois. As a leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets.