Apple's PowerSchool has been praised by the Post-Crescent, a Wisconsin newspaper.

Appleton Area School District purchased a $400,000 computerized student-information system in 1998, which proved slow to respond, faulty and inaccurate.

Schools superintendent Tom Scullen abandoned the system during the last educational year, replacing it with PowerSchool - which cost $250,000. The solution has already received positive reports from a variety of education districts in the county. Apple announced its purchase of PowerSchool earlier this year.

The report praises PowerSchool's ability to deliver complete access to schedules, grades and teacher comments, and its user-friendliness.

Appleton's technology director Jim Hawbaker said: "This system shows a lot of promise. It offers a lot more potential for where we're headed as a district."