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PowerSchool Launches K-12 Education Cloud Platform with Snowflake Posted on : Aug 05 - 2022

As students head back to classrooms this month, some may find their education data is being managed differently with better education outcomes in mind. PowerSchool, the provider of a cloud-based software platform for K-12 education, has announced the launch of a fully managed data-as-a-service platform in partnership with Snowflake.

The company says its new DaaS, Connected Intelligence by PowerSchool, will provide school districts and education agencies with a unified, global, fully managed, and secure platform based on Snowflake’s cloud architecture. PowerSchool promises that districts using the new solution will retain sole ownership of their data and will have the capability to securely collaborate internally and externally.

PowerSchool attests that critical education data is currently siloed, inaccessible, and underutilized, and it created the software with the goal of unifying all school data into a single, comprehensive platform. The company lists the benefits of doing so as increasing equitable opportunities for all students, spending fewer resources on data access, storage, and management, storing education data securely in one place, and expanding access to all data, including historic, current, future, and third-party data.

The company says that connecting data from early childhood to adulthood may improve student outcomes and could be leveraged for post-secondary education and workforce development. In addition, using fewer resources for data management, along with access to data in a single store, opens the door for using the data more efficiently and effectively, such as analytics capabilities that can alert educators when students are exhibiting warning signs of falling behind. PowerSchool also notes that secure, inter-agency access to all types of education data may be helpful in connecting schools with juvenile justice, foster care, and other social services in order to help students identify resources. View More