Writer Jessica Lahey, a former teacher, talks about why she chooses not to use the student information system that her child’s school offers. And she shares a range of responses from students, teachers, and parents about the benefits and drawbacks of checking on their students’ grades.

One teacher’s reaction:

“I like that parents can check grades and I encouraged them to do so. I feel that open communication between home and school is essential in educating children, and only sending midterm and final grades home makes grades seem like a big secret. With parent access on PowerSchool, there are no secrets.  I am bothered, however, by parents who CONSTANTLY check…sometimes 5 or 6 times a day. These parents tend to be the ones who push their children the hardest and are the first to complain when grades aren’t entered on the DAY an assignment is due.”

Another teacher’s point:

“Bane. Stresses my students out to no end. Freaks parents out b/c they see grades not as a communication but as judgment.”









Last week I received a letter from my son’s high school that started like this: Dear Parent/Guardian, PowerSchool, our student information system, allows you to create your own account and use a single password to access information for all of your children who attend school in our district.

Read more at: www.theatlantic.com

  • Lore

    It is good to have open access to your children’s teacher and their accomplishments and struggles within the classroom. The online information system is a way to help parents stay informed. Can you imagine having to make 120 calls per week after you have taught all 120 students and corrected over 360 homework assignments? No it is not to be checked per period per day but it should be checked weekly to make sure your student is making process, and more importantly your student has no true excuse why their homework is not done. It removes the ” i didn’t have any homework” cloud from parents head so they are not under the assumption that the teacher is not teaching and does not like their child and “gave” them an F.

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