AIM General Information
The purpose of this page is to provide general information about the OPI AIM student information system, along with its purpose and processes.
Questions can be directed to the OPI AIM Help-desk at 877-424-6881 or by email to the OPI AIM Help-desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AIM, THE MONTANA STATE STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM
The AIM system is designed to collect demographic, enrollment, program participation, and assessment data for each student. The program also tracks special education students IEP data and all students’ movement from school to school and district to district within Montana. It allows for timely reporting and data accuracy through standardized reporting capabilities. This system allows school districts to submit the required student information electronically. The AIM system provides the OPI, the State of Montana, federal entities, and the education community timely and accurate data about the progress of our students, schools, school districts and the state.
Please see the AIM Policy References webpage (buttons listed on the main AIM web page) for pertinent State and Federal laws that apply to AIM.
INFINITE CAMPUS, THE COMPANY AND SOFTWARE
The state of Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) adopted the Infinite Campus software application as its statewide student information system (SIS). The OPI calls the state level SIS ‘Achievement In Montana’ (AIM). The name of the company who owns the Infinite Campus software is also called Infinite Campus.
The ’State Edition’ of Infinite Campus is used by the OPI staff and contains the state-reported student data from all Montana districts.
The ‘Montana Edition’ of Infinite Campus is provided to the districts at no cost, so that the schools who don’t use Infinite Campus as their local SIS can submit their data into our Infinite Campus statewide system for state reporting.
The ‘Montana Edition – Valued Added’ is typically used by small districts as their main local student information system. Districts use it to maintain their basic set of enrollment, demographic, programs and special education IEP data. The ‘value added’ feature of this edition also allows districts to maintain students’ daily attendance and marks data.
The ‘District Edition’ of Infinite Campus is used by some districts as their complete local SIS.
THE MOVEMENT OF THE AIM DATA
The data originates at the district level and gets copied to the state level of Infinite Campus by a syncing process. The syncing process happens automatically when data is manually entered and ‘saved’ in Infinite Campus or when the district executes a mass syncing process to get the data copied to the state level.
If the local district data is housed in a different local student information system (other than Infinite Campus), for larger districts it goes through a mass export and then an upload process to get into the Montana Edition of AIM. The smaller districts can choose to hand enter their data into the Montana Edition. It then goes through a final nightly syncing process to get copied into the State Edition of AIM.
Once the data is at the state level it is ready to be reviewed and validated by the OPI staff for reporting purposes. The OPI utilizes state level data snapshots processes for some of the federal reporting which affects district funding. The districts utilize import processes to copy their district’s state level data into other OPI subsystems that also affect school funding (such as MAEFAIRS and Special Education). There are multiple other systems that pull data from the State level AIM system data such as (Child Nutrition Program) CNP for Free and Reduced lunch funding.