Parents will soon have a new tool at their fingertips to monitor grades and attendance.
At the April 26 meeting, the South-Western City Schools Board of Education heard about the parent assist module.
According to Bryan Mulvany, executive director of management information services, the parent assist module is a computer program which allows parents to track their child’s educational progress.
"It’s a direct window of the production database," said Mulvany. "It is not a replacement for grade cards, but it gives parents access to the six-week marks."
By using the program, parents can check out how many days the student has missed, assignments missed and grades. The program also includes information on a student’s bus route, owed fees, credits earned, standardized test results and incidents.
"This is instant access to data," said Lois Rapp, assistant superintendent of curriculum. "We are very excited about it."
Mulvany said the teachers would have to input the grade sheet. He also said the district does not plan to force teachers to participate in the program.
"They will make the move as it becomes more comfortable," said Mulvany.
The grade sheets will only be available for students in grades 7-12.
District Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise said he hopes to have the module available to parents by next school year.
"This will be a significant step towards improved communication with parents," said Wise.
The district ran a test of the program at Holt Crossing. Parents there had given positive feedback.
"This will be a growing process," said Wise.
The district plans to send out a parent letter with more information on the parent assist module. Wise said they will likely hold a parent meeting one evening to demonstrate the program to interested parents.