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Follett Awarded Massachusetts SIS/SIF Preferred Vendor Status

Aspen Student Information System already manages data for more than 405,000 students in Commonwealth

MCHENRY, IL, Feb 21, 2017Follett has once again achieved Massachusetts School Interoperability Framework (SIF) 2.7 certification and been awarded the "Certified" Student Information System (SIS) vendor designation for its Aspen product. All vendors must be certified before they may secure contracts with Massachusetts districts.

Aspen was selected as a web-based SIS to manage student data and information, plan for educational programs, monitor student performance, and comply with state and federal reporting requirements. Aspen is a powerful, flexible SIS with a thriving user community, especially in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where it manages data for more than 405,000 students in 104 schools. The largest single account is Boston Public Schools where Aspen manages data for more than 53,000 students.

"Follett is pleased to support the Executive Office of Education’s vision and strategy to implement a solution that serves the current and future needs of all education departments in the Agency while in alignment with the Commonwealth’s strategic plans," said George Gatsis, Senior Vice President of Technology Platforms, Follett School Solutions. "Real-time state reporting via the SIF framework puts Massachusetts at the forefront of innovative student reporting, and we are excited to be able to support this vision."

Aspen’s unique support for user-defined tables, as well as the ability to install Java add-ons that are shared among the user community, position Aspen to uniquely support the education goals of its customers. Supporting the innovative real-time SIF reporting aligns with Follett’s vision for igniting student success through content, reporting, and informed decision-making.

Aspen currently serves more than two million students throughout 236 school districts in the U.S. and Canada.

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Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

About Follett Corporation |

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus stores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world's largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.