Schools TAP into online management

Auckland-based Educational Software Distributors (ESD) has released an internet version of its long-standing school management system.

Auckland-based Educational Software Distributors (ESD) has released an internet version of its long-standing school management system.

Training Assessment and Planning (TAP) is used in about 50 schools, but now the program has been relaunched as an ASP service to run off a Unix server, based at ESD's Auckland headquarters.

ESD owner Sharon Hayes and software developer Ainsley Lewis developed both versions, with the latest electronic version renamed eTAP.

"It is made to be simple. It runs off any browser," Hayes says.

Four Auckland schools presently use eTAP, which costs $1000 a year.

It is totally web-based, allowing it to be used outside school and without a server. Data is stored at ESD, though the school retains its ownership.

The program suits Ministry of Education Achievement Objectives and is tailor-made to suit schools and offers result per child, group, class, gender, ethnicity, etc. It can be used for planning, student guidance, analysis and reports.

Tony Walsh, principal of Pasadena Intermerdiate School in Auckland, says his school used the old TAPs for three to four years and six months ago upgraded to the new version.

"Rather than have paper books (records), it's an electronic notebook. It has the facility to analyse and process. It also saves on time and training. We are happy with it, " he says.

The system is robust and versatile and has a long way to go before it runs out of uses, Walsh says.

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