Apple's PowerSchool division has announced PowerSchool Premier.

PowerSchool makes Web-based student information systems for US schools. The new Premier product has been developed for schools wanting a scalable SQL database.

PowerSchool president Bob Longo said: "Student information systems are transforming from closed back-end administrative systems to dynamic decision-support systems. What were simple forms of automation and reporting must currently meet more complex operational and instructional requirements."

PowerSchool Premier is Web-based and hardware independent. It's compliant with the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF).

Because it uses Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), using the product means school districts can easily integrate applications, create sophisticated reports, and tailor instruction to suit individual pupil requirements.