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Step up with Stepwell: Hope is not a Strategy

Posted Posted in Alignment of Monitoring & Initiatives, Blog, Step Up

In the effort to ensure compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) , state administrators often find themselves traveling to every corner of their state to keep track of school districts that are out of compliance. This can be a daunting task, especially for larger states with many remotely-located districts. Monitoring team members […]

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Getting ready for NASDSE

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  As the Stepwell team is getting ready to head out to Portland, OR. this weekend for this year’s National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) conference, we’ve been reflecting on what we’ve learned from the states that we’ve talked to in the past year. One of the major things we’ve realized in […]

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Step Up with Stepwell: Getting the Focus Back on Education

Posted Posted in Alignment of Monitoring & Initiatives, Blog, Step Up

While managing Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) compliance, it is easy to lose track of the issue at hand: educating students with disabilities. Local school administrators, technical assistance providers and state administrators often find they spend more time completing paperwork and entering the same data into multiple software systems than implementing the corrective actions […]

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Step Up with Stepwell: Solving the “Milk Crate Problem”

Posted Posted in Blog, On-demand Data, Step Up

The Stepwell team learned quite a bit about the burden of documentation while conducting our User Experience (UX) research. State agencies share a common headache: managing mountains of paperwork to monitor compliance with requirements set out in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Not only is completing documentation time-consuming for administrators, but the sheer amount […]

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Get the Tech: Stepwell Complements Existing Education Software

Posted Posted in Blog, Flexible Reporting, Get the Tech

Education software is currently in a continuous state of improvement. From IEP generation and management tools, to student information systems and curriculum development tools, software continues to improve the quality and timeliness of data available to administrators and educators. Stepwell is built to work with these systems. As they have matured, these solutions have taken […]

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Step Up with Stepwell: Making it Work with UX Research and Testing

Posted Posted in Blog, Step Up

We’ve all been there: spending far too long staring at a screen, trying to figure out where to go next. Or maybe you’ve clicked away somewhere, and inadvertently lost all your work. Or you find yourself spending two long minutes just to get to a page that you return to twenty times a day. Software […]

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Step Up with Stepwell: Accessible and On the Go

Posted Posted in Blog, Collaborative Workspace, Step Up

“Well, most people probably–” Aaaand, stop. Assumptions are the enemy of usability. Assumptions are the reason your colorblind co-worker can’t read a table that uses red to indicate “bad” and green for “good.” They’re why it’s so difficult to click that link on your tablet, and why that one website looks just awful on your […]

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Step Up with Stepwell: Simplifying Self-Assessment for SEAs

Posted Posted in Blog, Performance Metrics, Step Up

Our team leader, Andrew Henry, previously served as the director of a state agency. While all of us are excited to put an effective solution into the hands of SEAs, he is especially eager to see positive change in his former work environment. Here is, in Andrew’s own words, a breakdown of exactly how Stepwell […]

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Get the Tech: Making it Easy with Software as a Service

Posted Posted in Blog, Get the Tech

Information technology evolves rapidly, more so than in most other industries. As innovative as this may be, it poses some challenges in the workplace when older systems built with outdated architectures and technologies require modernization, or are retired in favor of a new application that will likely meet the same fate several years down the […]