Edsby Deploying Country Wide in New Zealand

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 8:06 am

ONTARIO, Canada (June 24th, 2019) – Edsby®, the most comprehensive digital learning and data platform available for K-12 education, is being deployed across New Zealand.

After two years of competitive evaluations, the New Zealand Ministry of Education awarded Edsby a contract to build and run the country’s Te Rito National Learner Repository and Data Exchange, formerly the Student Information Sharing Initiative (SISI).

This multi-year key Ministry project is aimed at strengthening the continuity of learning for New Zealand’s 800,000 students by consolidating critical information to ensure it is available to teachers when a student arrives in a new school. Te Rito is also focused on reducing the administrative burden on teachers and schools associated with current duplicated systems while also improving the quality and timeliness of data provided to the Ministry of Education and other agencies. It’s also intended to aid educators in tailoring support for learners to ensure all communities receive equal chances for success, including transient children, Māori, Pacific peoples and children with special needs. Te Rito will continue to be co-designed with local stakeholders through its development and delivery.

Edsby is being configured to the Ministry’s requirements and is to be deployed in two early stage roll-outs with the first stage already underway. The system is then to be rolled out to all 2,500 public schools in the country, so that regardless of the individual school’s Student Management System (SMS), information will be available to support the learner at school, when it’s needed.

All data will be hosted in Ministry-approved cloud data centers operated by Microsoft. The Ministry is working with legal, ethics and privacy experts to ensure data privacy and access is managed appropriately. New Zealand’s student data privacy regulations are among the strictest in the world.

“The single student record, national-level analytics and data privacy sought by the Ministry are inherent strengths of our product,” said Edsby Co-Founder Scott Welch, project lead. “We are excited to be working in partnership with both Māori and English language schools, as well as the outstanding team in the Ministry.”

“The Te Rito project is intended to save schools and teachers time in trying to obtain critical learner information from a student’s previous school,” said New Zealand Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary Evidence Data and Knowledge, Dr. Craig Jones. “We’re very much looking forward to working with the Edsby team. Their platform will enable the Te Rito project to deliver significant benefits to New Zealand learners, their families, schools, school leaders and educators, across the country.”

About Edsby
Edsby is an award-winning digital learning and data platform for K-12 that gives school districts and regional or national governments powerful new ways to facilitate their digital transformations. The Edsby team has been building scalable, reliable software systems for education organizations around the world for 30 years using latest technology and standards. To learn more about Edsby, visit http://edsby.com/.