Report cards obsolete?

Parents could soon check grades at anytime, from comfort of own home

April 30, 2008 at 9:21 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Report cards obsolete?
As soon as next year, parents may be able to view their children's grades from the comfort of their own living room without having to wait for quarterly reports.

The St. Charles Parish School System currently uses an electronic grading program to track grades and assessment data for students between third and twelfth grade.

Information about discipline and attendance is also kept electronically, but so far, the information is only available to teachers and staff. If parents would like a report of any of this data, they must get a printed copy from the school.

"Right now, parents are not able to view student grades except whenever reports are sent out quarterly or when parents request that the information be printed out for them," Stephanie Steib, the school's director of information technology services, said. "The community and the board members have asked about making this information available to parents at any time, and we look at a parent/portal software system as just another tool for us to share information with parents."

The parent portal will allow parents or guardians to view their child's student information via the internet. Up-to-date information such as grades, attendance and discipline will be available to the parents/guardians at all times and will allow improved communication between the home and school.

Right now, the school system has several electronic communication tools that allow parents to become more involved in their child's academic career. Teachers have web pages that outline assignments and test dates, and all teachers can communicate with parents via email. This would add a new dimension to that process.

"Parent portal software would allow parents to access all scores on any graded assignment through a secure internet connection that only they can view," Steib said. "This is just another communication tool that would allow us to share real-time data with our stakeholders."

The school system is currently requesting proposals and a committee will then meet to discuss those proposals. The goal is to have the system in place next school year.

"This will allow more information and easy access to student grades," Superintendent Rodney Lafon said. "It will be good for our schools when we get a system in place."

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