The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 8, 2013

Westmont board OKs software program

Patrick Buchnowski
The Tribune-Democrat

— Teachers and parents in the Westmont Hilltop School District will have a new tool to evaluate a student’s progress.

The school board on Monday approved the purchase of OnHand Schools, an EdInsight Instructional Management System.

The software program for K-12 educators helps teachers analyze student data.

The board approved a two- year contract at $16,700 per year.

“The initiative from the Department of Education is you have very close tracking of performance goals and this (program) allows us to do that,” school board President Diana Schroeder said.

Parents can also monitor a student’s performance.

“It’s a shared observation of how the student is performing,” Schroeder said. “Families will have an opportunity to see the progress of their child with regard to standardized testing.”

The school board will evaluate the program after two years, she said.