Release Date: 9/25/2013
Contact: Diana L. Spencer, 410-887-4243

New “BCPS One" student information system approved by Board of Education

Comprehensive online data repository to be “one-stop" site for users

TOWSON, MD. – The Board of Education of Baltimore County on Tuesday approved plans for construction of a new, web-based information portal designed to provide a centralized location for student and system instructional information.

Once operational, the new system will be known as “BCPS One."

“Our goal is to provide one, easy to use but secure location for accessing everything from classroom assessments to student grades," said BCPS Superintendent S. Dallas Dance. “Not only will this be a beneficial tool for parents and students, it will also help teachers and administrators create and deliver more personalized instruction based on an individual student’s learning needs.

“We’re calling it ‘BCPS One’ to emphasize our goal of creating a single, unified place for parents, teachers, and students to access and use data and resources to support student learning."

To build and deploy “BCPS One," the Board of Education approved contracts with Engrade, Inc., of Santa Monica, Calif., and Custom Computer Specialists of Hauppauge, N.Y.

“BCPS One" will be designed to incorporate much of the current BCPS data systems, including the STARS student information system and the Blackboard Connect notification system used to inform households of school- or system-based information. A new system, for example, would make it easier for parents to update contact numbers or for students to take assessments placed online by teachers.

“This innovation will include a powerful suite of tools for teachers, parents, and others seeking to use," said Lloyd Brown, executive director for the BCPS Office of Information Technology. “Ultimately, we believe it will facilitate increased communication and engagement with our community."

Added Ryan Imbriale, BCPS executive director for digital learning, “’BCPS One’ will be one-stop shopping. It will accelerate achievement by enabling educators to connect the right learning resources to the right student at the right time."

Elements of the new system are scheduled to be in place by the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

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