Clay Community Schools has implemented a web-based student information system where parents can view their son or daughter's grades and attendance history, lunch account balance and more.
"Currently parents can check the grades and attendance for their children," Assistant Superintendent Tim Rayle told The Brazil Times. "As we progress with the use of the portal, we will be investigating additional uses."
Rayle became familiar with the electronic system by attending many conferences and meetings where other schools gave detailed information about the increase in parent involvement when parent portals were opened to allow access to grades and attendance.
"The goal is for all parents to access the data and to increase school-parent communication," Rayle said. "It is our desire to build strong home/school partnerships, which support the academic achievement and overall success of our students."
The new technology became available to CCS at the end of the first grading period for the 2011-12 school year.
The system is accessible to all users, including administrators, teachers, parents and students, and it serves nearly 10 million students in all 50 states and 65 countries.
According to the PowerSchool website, the program "enables today's educators to make timely decisions that impact student performance while creating a collaborative environment for parents, teachers and students to work together in preparing 21st century learners for the future."
Parents can check in on their student's progress via the link on the district's home page or by visiting https://powerschool.clay.k12.in.us.
To create an account, the user must set up a personal user ID and password.
However, to access their dependent's information the first time, the parent or guardian has to log in using an ID and password given by school officials.
The program also allows parents to email their student's teacher and view teacher comments.
"I have had nothing but praise from parents for allowing real-time access to their child's information," Rayle said. "Parents have reported to me that they are now able to help their children by having the access."