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Old 08-15-2011, 01:42 AM
 
Location: California
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We have this kind of posting at our schools. I checked it a lot with my daughter and at first it did cause me to react unnecessarily when things weren't posted promptly, etc. But I also caught a few things that she was able to make up for and bump her grades a bit, which was necessary for college. Overall I liked it a lot. On the other hand I didn't use it at all when my son went through the following years, I guess I just lost interest but he did ok on his own.

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Old 08-15-2011, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Eastern time zone
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We have it here. It does depend on the teacher getting the grades up on the system, but we have been pretty pleased at being able to check online before progress reports come out. It helps because we can address the grades quickly. I love it!
Same here. Some teachers are really good about it, a few are...um...not. The assignment list won't go into detail, it will just say "Worksheet 7" or "Genetics Project" and the amount of points it's worth, due date, and percentage grade. If I see something coming up I ask "what's this? Is it done?" And if the child in question can't tell me (or if it's several days past dates and they swear it's in but the grade shows a 0), they have to ask the teacher about it. I rarely get involved with the asking.
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:24 AM
 
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I love technology but hate this program. In my experience it enables hover parents and let's those who are not engaged remain that way.
It's a godsend for parents who are trying to teach responsibility to kids with poor executive functioning.


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I do think many parents need a chill pill. Many of my parents think there are two grades. A's and failing....when, in my class, a B is actually a pretty good grade.
In some classes, that's pretty much the case. If ds were to come home with a B in Freshman Comp/Lit, I'd blow it off (though really, he shouldn't get a B there either, given the level at which that class is taught). If he comes home with a B in Algebra, there's no good reason. Cs...in anything...we would definitely have to talk.
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Whoville....
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It's a godsend for parents who are trying to teach responsibility to kids with poor executive functioning.




In some classes, that's pretty much the case. If ds were to come home with a B in Freshman Comp/Lit, I'd blow it off (though really, he shouldn't get a B there either, given the level at which that class is taught). If he comes home with a B in Algebra, there's no good reason. Cs...in anything...we would definitely have to talk.
I just wish I could get parents to realize that B's are not bad grades in every class. Chemistry is hard. For many of my students, it's the hardest class they will face in high school. I have so many parents call me to inform me that there MUST be something wrong because THEIR child never got a B before. Sorry, chemistry is unlike any class they've had before.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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No. We don't have it. In fact, we still have to manually bubble in scan forms at the end of each quarter when it is time to submit grades, which amounts to a lot of bubbling!
That's changing! The county is piloting all on-line gradebooks this year at a handful of schools and expects to have it rolled out to all schools with real time parental access by next fall (assuming money falls into place where it should).
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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We have it in our school districts. It was handy for my son to know if his papers had been graded and to double check if the teacher had entered them correctly. That's not a slam on teachers, it's just not all that unusual to miss an assignment/test/quiz once in a while.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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That's changing! The county is piloting all on-line gradebooks this year at a handful of schools and expects to have it rolled out to all schools with real time parental access by next fall (assuming money falls into place where it should).
I'll be curious to see how that works with grading in the elementary levels.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I love technology but hate this program. In my experience it enables hover parents and let's those who are not engaged remain that way. It has had no positive effect on learning in anyway (since neither grades nor standardized test scores have gone up) and it just makes more work for the teacher and more stressed out students.

I had one of my best students get a 90 on a test the week before prom. She was not allowed to go despite the fact she and I both knew this was only a bump in the road for her.

Normally her parents would just see her A every marking period but now they see and may not understand the whole process. I have yet to see any benefit for the students at all.
I'd say this is a problem between the girl and her parents. Just because this particular set of parents over-react doesn't mean others do.

As a parent, we have had online access to this information for several years now, including the ability to set "triggers" when grades drop below a set value. We are not helicopter parents but are glad to have the data. It helps is know how school is going throughout a semester. It is a useful check when the kids say "oh my grades are fine" and in reality they have missed three homework assignments in a row. So it is easy to apply a minor correction in their use of time. We learned quickly which teachers are fast or slow with grades and we adjust our expectations accordingly.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:27 PM
 
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Our schools have had it for years. It's great. It's as "real time" as the teachers enter information though. We have one child that "forgot" to turn in assignments so it was nice to keep up on that. For the other two it's more curiosity as they are good students and get things in on time. Every once in a while we will catch an input error-like a 1 vs 10 and let the kids know so they can let the teacher know.

It's been especially helpful to have transcript info online for college applications, etc. too.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I'll be curious to see how that works with grading in the elementary levels.
All the pilot schools are elementary as far as I've heard, so you should find out quickly how it goes...
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