USA Today reports that Clarksville-Montgomery County school district in Tennessee decided to go mostly paperless with student report cards. The district now makes grades available to parents with secure online accounts. The same system, called Power School, is used by parents to access progress reports, attendance, and student lunch accounts.
NSBA’s own Ann Flynn, Director of education technology, says that an increasing number of districts are deciding to use online reporting. Those making the change “are no longer the exception. They are becoming the rule,” she says.
Districts in Louisiana, South Carolina, and Texas are among those that have gone paperless since 2008. Jefferson County Public Schools, one of the Technology Leadership Network’s salute districts at this year’s T+L Conference, plans to make the move within the next year. If you’re interested in learning more about technology innovation, check out NSBA’s Education Technology Site Visits. Jefferson County Public Schools is just one of four disitricts where you can see innovation in action, as these school districts showcase effective technology solutions. You’ll have a chance to tour schools, ask questions, and see first-hand how these new practices transform the learning experience. You’ll return with new ideas and a fresh perspective on integrating technology into your district! Registration opens November 30.
Parents in Clarksville-Montgomery County who still wish to have a paper report card to hang on the fridge can request a hard copy from the school. BoardBuzz can’t help but think that it has become that much more of a challenge for students to hide grades from parents.