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A Report Card Built For Parents

Better design can result in more comprehensive report cards

 
 
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For your average parent, the report card is the first and oftentimes only reference we have to assess how our child is doing in school. It is a tangible piece of evidence that becomes a signpost in their educational journey.
 
When stripped down to their essence, most report cards contain the same basic elements of information:
 
1. Subjects the student is studying
 
2. Scores or grades received this semester in the last examination held for these subjects
 
Beyond this report cards can also contain the following elements, amongst others, whose aim is to give a more comprehensive picture of a student’s progress in the classroom:
 
1. Comments from the teacher explaining the student’s performance with more nuance or context
 
2. Scoring or grading of skills outside of the student’s knowledge of the subject at hand (punctuality, discipline, etc.)
 
3. Percentile scores, to give parents an idea of how our child is doing compared to their peers
 
Most parents are worried about two things – that our child do well, and that they do well relative to their peers. Striking a delicate balance between the providing information that immediately tells us how our child is performing, while also ensuring that the optional information provided only adds to this knowledge is an art.
 
Report cards tend to err in both directions. They either report too much, muddying the waters and confusing us parents on the course of action they need to take with regards to our child’s schooling. Or they don’t tell us enough, with stark scores that don’t really provide enough context to situation a student’s performance in school. A given score may look exceptionally low until context is provided that helps us parents understand that our child is in the 99th percentile of the class, and the score is low due to the nature of the subject, or harsher grading.
 
What’s missing here is a standardised understanding of what a good report card looks like. The variance in design and information means that there is no defined standard across schools and education boards that us parents can compare with. It also means that we, as parents, might be missing out on information or suffering from information overload due to bad design without even realising it.
 
A simple example of this is scores versus grades. Over time, in India, we have seen shifts in favour of each style of assessment. Indians seem to like scores in their report card as it gives them a concrete, quantitative idea of how our child is doing in class. Over time, however, many institutions moved towards a letter grade, as it helps categorise students in a band, giving a better idea of their performance relative to their peers. In India, where the pressure to perform in school can reach dangerous heights, it was thought a letter grade would also prove to be less embarrassing and stressful for students. While the alleged futility or success of such an exercise is the subject matter of another blog, this variation has caused immense confusion for parents. While they might have a reference key that explains these grades relative to that of our child’s peers, when it comes to assessing their performance vis a vis that of students in another school, or across the city, or under a certain educational board, the system falls apart. Scores fare slightly better in being more easily comparable, but aren’t foolproof – different education boards and schools score with varying degrees of rigour, which puts us parents back at square one.
 
The only way we can ensure that we parents get the most out of the report card is by pooling together our collective knowledge. Over the years, every report card we have seen has either added or taken away our understanding of how our child is doing in class. Why not share the possibilities of how a report card could look, and then pick and choose the most informative and useful elements to build a report card to beat all other report cards once and for all?
 
Crop or anonymise any personal information and share your report cards at the link below/in the comments/on social media pages using the hashtag
​#​UltimateReportCard. The time has come to build the mother of all report cards, and this time it will be designed by those who rely on it the most – you and I, the parents.

Digital India Impact : 18,000+ CBSE Schools in India to go Cashless from January 2017

As reported on NDTV, and newspapers all over the country,
 
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Following the Indian Prime Minister’s plan for digitizing the economy, the CBSE board has advised all affiliated schools to go cashless by the next quarter, commencing from January 2017.
 

What does going cashless mean?
 
In the letter from the CBSE secretary Joseph Emmanuel, schools have been instructed to carry out online transactions rather than cash exchange, from purchase orders to student fee collections, hostel payments to employee salaries and the CBSE board has brought e-payment facilities for collection of examination fee, affiliation and various activities. Schools have to completely shift their finances to the digital medium following this mandate. What seems to be a positive move forward from the board, some of the concerns this decision brings are problems edtech companies have been helping solve for the CBSE schools.
 
 
Pros of going Cashless
 
Primarily employee payments in CBSE schools in cities and suburban areas are done through bank transfers. Fee collections are done via cheques and cash. Now with the new CBSE cashless mandate, schools will have to setup online payment portals, net-banking, and accept credit/debit cards. This completely removes parents from ever coming to stand in a queue to pay their wards’ fees when the payment can be done via an online portal either provided by the school or their bank. Setting up these procedures are also not that difficult as net-banking is a feature already available with almost all the banks in the country. Setting up online payment portals might be a little tricky but for schools who already have a school management system running, like Fedena, integrating online payment portals is as simple as sending an email.
 

Online transactions also make it tremendously easy to track and maintain records digitally for schools, school management softwares like Fedena, can easily keep a record of all transactions of a school, including inventory purchases, fee collections, hostel payments, transport fees, employee payslips etc. Schools will have no need to maintain any physical records aligning schools to our Prime Minister’s vision of a Digital India as well as the mandate passed earlier from the CBSE to maintain all records in the digital format.
 
 
Cons of going Cashless
 
One of the major concerns after this mandate is for CBSE schools in rural and remote areas. Most of the students attending these schools are from families who might not have bank accounts, especially for rural areas, the awareness plays a pivotal role. Families living in remote areas will also face this problem as their form of income might not involve digital transactions. Even though this seems like a major block towards digitizing transactions for schools, we should look back to another of the mandates provided by PM Modi, instructing banks to service every rural area to open bank accounts and spread awareness. This mandate has been in action since the time Modi took office, which only means that this hurdle for CBSE schools in rural areas is already getting solved. The secretary himself has asked every affiliated school to start spreading awareness to students, parents and teachers alike.
 
 
What this means for Edtech Companies?
 
It’s December, and Christmas is just around the corner. There couldn’t have been a better time for companies trying to help schools, colleges and other educational institutions in going digital. The only way forward for schools is to digitize or die. In exploring these opportunities, schools will be keenly looking towards all edtech companies to solve their problems. The time is now for school management softwares, learning management systems, online payment portals.
 
 
How does Fedena help CBSE schools in going Cashless?
 
Fedena has always come prepared for schools being cashless, in fact we have always encouraged schools to go cashless and paperless. Integrations of payment gateways were part of the earliest versions of Fedena and now in the latest version you can pay school fees through your mobile. Also if you are wondering about adopting an online payment gateway, let us tell you why it’s such a good idea. For any further inquiries, just click on the banner below.

Foradian wins Deloitte Technology Fast50 India once again.

 
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Foradian has been listed in Deloitte Technology Fast50 India once again. Keeping up with our growth story, we have once again achieved a place in the list of top 50 fastest growing technology companies in India. Deloitte recognises, honours, and encourages organizations with remarkable revenue growth rates in last three years. In the 11th edition of this award, Foradian is ranked 28th with a growth rate of 189%.
 
Deloitte Fast50 2015 recognised high growth rates, however there was a special mention for the consistent players. 31 winners of this year have been past winners with:
 

  • 1 winner who has been ranked consistently since 2009
  • 2 winners who have ranked 4 times each, consistently since 2012
  • 2 other winners who have ranked 4 times each over the span of the program.
  • Whilst 7 winners have ranked 3 times each consistently since 2013, 3 others have ranked 3 times each over the span of the program
  • 16 winners have ranked 2 times each, most of them in 2014 and 2015

 
While high growth rates are a proof of great efforts and hard work, sustaining this growth with consistence is a sign of greater dedication and a thrive for better results.
 
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The winners from the list comprises of 50 public and private companies from areas of media, technology and telecommunications, who have witnessed the highest rates of revenue growth in the last three years.
 
The Technology Fast 50 India was initiated in the year 2005 in line with similar programs in other countries like the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, established in countries like Africa, North America, Asia, Europe and Middle East. The Indian chapter of the award is currently in its 11th year and is considered to be one of the most acclaimed award and recognition by technology companies in the country.
 
Other names in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India 2015 Awards include F1 Info Solutions & Services, VMukti Solutions, GreyCampus Edutech, Zomato and Ozonetel Systems.
 

Rewarding the Top Fedena User’: Top 10 Fedena Users as of End of August 2015!

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We all know by now, how technology is changing the way education is imparted. In fact, not just classroom technology that has been revolutionised by education, management of institution too, is not lagging behind. Fading are those days when all administrative records were maintained in sheets by a personnel. Technology has come up with smarter and more effective ways to manage your education institution. And Fedena, for the last six years have been trying to revolutionise the way institutions are managed all over the world.
 
As a part of our effort to help Fedena customers to use technology in their institution to boost productivity, team Fedena had launched ‘Rewarding the Top Fedena User’ program. In this, we had invited all Fedena SaaS clients to be a part of it. The program received a good amount of response and institutions who have agreed upon their participation, have been included in the program.
 
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Find below the list of top 10 Fedena users at the end of August 2015:
 
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We will be coming out with the list of Top 10 Fedena users again at the end of September. Stay tuned to check out who tops the list!