Early in 2014, Apple announced the Apple ID for Students portal to give schools/districts a means to create Apple IDs, legally, for those students under the age of 13. The program required that the parents actually create the account using district/school provided information. While this seemed to be a good idea at the time, it turns out that it’s quite difficult to get parents on-board. In addition, the process was confusing and a bit cumbersome for parents to complete. Apple has introduced a possible replacement to the Apple ID for Students program as part of “Apple School Manager.”
With Apple School Manager, schools can easily create and manage student and teacher Apple IDs using a supported SIS or CSV import. Managed Apple IDs created by schools do not require parental consent and will be required to use many of our great new features, including Shared iPad. If you are currently using the Apple ID for Students program to create and manage IDs for your deployment, contact your Apple Engineer to discuss how best to transition to the new Managed ID program.
Apple School Manager appears to be a formidable replacement giving schools/districts complete control over all Apple IDs being used on those school/district owned devices. There’s no word yet on which Student Information Systems will be supported but knowing that Apple IDs can be created with a simple CSV import is certainly good news.