Grades, assignments go online for parents to see
To all those students racing mom and dad to the mail box when report cards roll around: The race is over.
Parents in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District will have access to their children’s grades and assignments at the touch of a button this year when schools implement a new system that posts scores online.
The web-based communication system called ARIES was implemented internally at schools last year, allowing for teachers and secretaries to chart student data, attendance and schedules online.
“It’s wonderful for the teachers,” said Jan Lashbrook, a secretary at Alder Creek Middle School who has been working with the program since January. “They’re able to generate grades and progress reports more timely.”
And starting in just few weeks, ARIES might also prove wonderful for parents left in the dark about their student’s grades and progress.
The district is still waiting for networking software to arrive from the Placer County Office of Education, the entity that introduced the program, but as soon as it arrives parents and teachers will gain a closer connection.
Parents will first be able to view their student’s scores for all standardized testing, according to data management specialist Annette Cooper. And then, when another program called Gradebook is added to the mix, homework assignments, classroom test scores and teacher memos will also be viewable.
“As a parent with two boys that don’t talk a whole lot, being able to go in and see (their grades) will open up more conversation, rather than them just saying ‘oh, school was fine,'” Cooper said.
Gradebook has been in use at North Tahoe Middle School since September of last year and has been well received by both parents and teachers, according to Vice Principal Teresa Rensch.
“The biggest thing that schools struggle with is parent/home communication, and this was a way for us to be more efficient,” Rensch said.
Because the program is still being introduced, few, if any, students know that their successes and failures are about to be broadcast to the folks.
“I think it would be a good idea for some students, but I don’t think that a lot of students are going to like it,” said Jared Kauffman, a junior at Truckee High School who learned about ARIES through the Sierra Sun. “I know some of my friends that don’t really want their parents checking up on their grades every few days, but I think it saves time for some parents who can’t make it to Back to School Night and things like that.”
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