Sunday, July 29, 2007

Putting Student Grades Online

David Warlick wrote on his blog today that he attended a workshop presented by students, who said about their grades being published online for their parents' viewing: ". . . it turned a lot of kids around — that is their parents turned them around."

According to local newspaper accounts, a group of parents has asked the Clarion Area School District why they don't have access to their students' grades on the Internet. I was a little surprised by the responses of their administration and wrote a note to the superintendent explaining how we use Edline at Keystone.

We've posted student grades at KHS for three years now, and elementary teachers started posting grades during the past school year. Overall, it has been a positive experience. Yes, it's a little more work for teachers, although they can upload all grades to Edline in about five minutes. But we've opened the lines of communication with parents as well. Parents can check their students' grades 24/7 from any computer with Internet access and can see quickly when their kids are not doing well. They no longer have to wait until the mid-term reports are sent home (Many at the high school probably never made it home!) or until report cards are published, when it's often too late. They can nip a problem in the bud before it gets out of hand.

A parent told me at a ball game this summer that if it weren't for Edline, her son probably would not have graduated. She was able to keep on top of his grades and work together with his teachers to make certain he did his work during "crunch time."

Parents, teachers, students . . . what do you think about posting grades online for parent viewing?

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