Any parent who has ever been frustrated after learning too late in the school year that their student’s Facebook time may have detrimentally exceeded school book time can now have hope for earlier intervention. Thanks to a new software implementation called “ParentPortal”, students and parents alike can gain a virtual view of grades by simply logging on to an Internet website.
“Parent Portal” is a feature of Pearson, Inc.’s PowerSchool web-based student information system. According to Pearson’s website, PowerSchool supports more than 8.5 million students in 50 states and over 50 countries and enables educators to make timely decisions that impact student performance while creating a collaborative environment for parents, teachers and students.
Parent Portal allows parents to log onto CCPS’s PowerSchool student information system in order to view their child’s grade-book for each class Clarke County High School Principal Dr. John Werner said in an email sent to parents today. “We think this will be a great feature for parents to keep up-to-date on the progress of their child. Moreover, this system allows parents to indicate if they want to have automatic weekly updates sent to their emails instead of always logging onto the system.”
In order to access Parent Portal, parents will be required to obtain an access code and password from CCPS and then create an account to view their child’s grade-book. In order to maintain student security and confidentiality CCPS will only provide access codes/passwords to parents in-person.
“I hope to see as many parents as possible at Back-To-School Night in order to meet their child’s teachers and to obtain their individualized access code/password for their child” Werner’s email message said.
Back to School Night at CCHS, Tuesday, September 21, 2010
6:15 – 6:40 p.m. – Parents pick up PowerSchool Parent Portal Access Codes/Passwords
6:40 – 6:55 p.m. – Parent Portal Introduction and Welcome
The “Parent Portal” service is being piloted by the high school only and will not be available to students in lower grades.