TECHNOLOGY AND THE EVOLUTION OF SIRAS:
The original application that SIRAS is based upon was once one of the first web enabled Special Ed. software systems in existence. SIRAS is the evolution of that founding Special Ed. technology.
The SIRAS web application is built upon powerful modern frameworks and robust Internet standards. The open source foundation is platform independent and constantly updated to keep up with ever-changing requirements. SIRAS has a rich, dynamically updating user interface which allows for intuitive and fluid interactions, and a well-structured normalized SQL database which provides unified and reliable data. Visually accurate and customized IEP forms are enabled using innovative PDF to HTML conversion. Email and Forms Link integration provides parents and staff with direct access to student’s IEPs as well as providing collection of electronic signatures.
Siras is well-integrated in many different regards with other external systems. CALPADS API functionality enables SIRAS users to easily report everything required for Special Ed. throughout the year. Student Information System (SIS) integration is available via the AERIES API or file-based exchange for any SIS vendor, bringing demographics data and new records automatically into SIRAS. Automated data exports are available, providing other systems with current Special Ed data.
For a guided tour of SIRAS please contact Steve at
(844) 337-4727 Ext. 701
Full SIS/CALPADS/TOMS API Support:
Siras can be fully integrated with any SIS in production. Native integration included with Aeries SIS and Schoolwise. Before an LEA even needs to report meeting transactions to CALPADS, the SIRAS validation system on the MIS Summary page eliminates about 95% of the errors and warnings; however because CDE introduces new validations without documentation it is not possible to capture 100% of the errors/warnings. When data issues invariably happen, SPED admin staff can easily correct CDD (Certification Data Discrepancy) errors and review warnings discovered by the State CDE CALPADS program.
Siras Systems support staff assist in explaining to district staff the various State found errors and warning and how to correct them.
Those reports generated from the State CDE CALPADS program are also uploaded and viewable with SIRAS. SIRAS Statistical reports area provides an array of compliance based reports including dashboard indicator 1 graduation rate, 5A/B general ed. participation, 5C separate setting, 6A/B/C preschool settings and indicator 8 parental involvment. Siras also allows generating district and charter level FTE (full time enrollment for SWD) reports as needed.
Siras Systems provides regular CALPADS API reporting zoominars to provide information to the districts from CDE and explain how that will relate to their district and/or SELPA.
SIRAS Systems Workshops/Training:
To arrange a workshop contact Steve:
P: (844) 337-4727 Ext. 701
Centralized IEP Management
Users have the ability to centrally track their own and shared caseloads for compliance and keep up with the unique demands of the Special Ed. teaching environment. The SIRAS Concept chart
Full CALPADS support and reporting system (integration with CDE CALPADS software)
Staff from SIRAS Systems assist in arbitrating duplicates for SELPA and providing to the SELPA and districts current, historical and anomaly reports. SELPA / District / School compliance summary reports all available with SIRAS before and after CALPADS reporting period. Communicating Between District SIS and SIRAS | Technical Document
MIS Summary Page
Comprehensive IEP data entry page for Admin. Staff to maintain IEP data at a glance. Includes a validation system used to ensure compliance of completing the IEP and all CALPADS data collection needs are met. Fields get validated and colored based on their compliance status: gray for compliant; yellow for warnings; and red for errors. The MIS Summary Page gets populated with the special education information through the IEP process. When P1 and P2 CALPADS counts are underway comprehensive CALPADS audit results for individual student records are posted here. MIS Summary Page Example
SIRAS home page offers comprehensive queries on out of compliance and almost out of compliance (upcoming) records with one click. Prebuilt reports for CALPADS overdue reports are available at any time to assist data cleanup in preparation for the Fall 1 and EOY4 CALPADS counts. However, if additional CALPADS related reports are need that SIRAS cannot generate, Siras Systems will create those reports for the SELPA upon request.
SIRAS has forms in both English and Spanish. When users fill out the English form components with popup menus, they are translated instantly into the associated Spanish form. SIRAS have multiple access roles for part time or full time translation staff. Sample Spanish Form
The SIRAS workflow is intelligently based on the type of meeting the user selects. Each meeting has components and properties unique to the meeting and guides the user by showing required and optional forms available. It tracks timelines that would be required based upon the type of meeting being held. Organized Work Flow Example
Goal & Benchmark Development
The GoalWizard module guides staff into developing legally defendable goals (including objectives and assessments) then translates them into Spanish. Including use of academic behaviors aligned to Common Core standards and the associated Goal Stems needed to develop the benchmarks. With over 18,600 behaviors encompassing a variety of domains SIRAS contains the most comprehensive bank of behaviors compared to our competitors. GoalWizard Module Example
Goal Evaluation Sheets
SIRAS has thousands of assessments associated with goals when user develops goal using the GoalWizard. Service Log Example
Private school and NPS collaboration
SIRAS has the ability to create custom access from fully integrated collaboration all the way to limiting the amount interaction to specific third party (Non SELPA) Specialists in need of collaborating with the Goals data only of SELPA records.
Dynamic Calendar System
The SIRAS Calendar isolates meeting events based on user; etc. General user would just see their caseload while a school level admin would see the meetings for the entire school. District holidays days can be plotted on the calendar; while vacation days more than 5 days will adjust evaluation completion deadline. Calendar Example
Comprehensive data entry pages for Special Ed. and related staff to maintain related student data at a glance. Including demographics, contacts, medical information, note and attached documents. Personal Profile Example
Special Ed. Profile
Comprehensive data entry pages for Special Ed. and related staff to maintain related IEP data at a glance. Including IEP and referral dates, program and transportation information, services, assessment and DRDP information as well as transition data for HS. Special Education Profile Example