Yes, I mean the same.. wht u call as SMIS in UK.. we call it as MIS. The same can be implemented for schools too. Since I'm working for University I refer the same. Right now we are developing a software which consists of Students Data (MIS) and by using LDAP tool and Active Directory we are trying to integrate.
This is the basic thing which is being done right now. If anything new regarding this integration is their I would like to know that.