|Parents Rapidly Making Switch to Online Grades|
Paper grade cards being phased out in grades 6-12
Oregon parents are keeping tabs on their children’s grades in various ways. Nearly half monitor grades online through PowerSchool. Almost 30% of parents also subscribe to regular automated e-mail updates. Additionally, 15% access grades through Mobile Apps available for the iPhone and iPad (see screenshots below). In total, 67% of all students’ grades are being monitored by a parent and/or the student them self. Students in grades 6-12 have personal access accounts. Parents like having access to student grades, but the student’s truly embrace the opportunity to check their progress. This helps families tag team their efforts to monitor student progress. In fact, 87% of students in grades 6-12 have had their grades checked online this year (Clay-85%, Eisenhower-87%, Fassett-93%). At the elementary level, students do not have access to check grades online. However, 42% of elementary students’ grades are monitored online by parents (Coy-38%, Jerusalem-38%, Starr-48%).
The last middle school and high school paper grade cards were sent out in January. Starting with the 3rd quarter, the school district will no longer be printing 6-12 grade cards. “Parents, and in particular, students, do not want to wait a week to get a grade card when the grades are available online much sooner. By the time the paper grade card is sent home, it is old news,” according to Technology Director, Nathan Quigg. With 87% of 6-12 students’ grades being checked online, it is not cost effective to continue printing grade cards. For parents who have not established an account, click here for directions on Parent Portal Account Creation. If a parent does not have access to a computer, their son/daughter can print their grades off at school and bring them home.
iPhone/iPad PowerSchool for Parents screenshots: