8/19/13 PowerSchool goes online at ABSS

PowerSchool goes online at ABSS
Parents, children, teachers will use it — and there’s an app
By Isaac Groves The Times-News 8/19/13  
Reprinted with permission. 

School starts in another week, but parents and teachers have something to learn themselves as the school year starts called PowerSchool.

PowerSchool is a student information system already used in 65 countries for about 10 million students. The state now requires all local school systems to use it, including the Alamance-Burlington School System.

Parents can use the system to check their student’s grades, attendance, assignments and test scores with teacher comments, progress reports and school announcements from any computer with an Internet connection.

There will still be report cards and student progress information without Internet access. Students will also use PowerSchool to check assignments and grades.

Teachers will use PowerSchool not only to communicate with students and parents but to manage student and class data, get training and even start student interventions like dropout prevention, according to the ABSS website.

 The state Department of Public Instruction will use PowerSchool and Home Base to keep tabs on teacher performance and student data including grades, progress, test scores and demographic information.

 In Alamance County PowerSchool went online for year-round schools on Aug. 5 and it is ready to go for traditional-calendar schools too.

 Parents and teachers with iPhones and iPads can also download mobile PowerSchool applications to check student information.

 Apple, the maker of iPads and iPhones, bought PowerSchool in 2001, and Pearson Education acquired PowerSchool in 2011 and operates the company in a partnership with Apple, according to a company news release.

 PowerSchool is part of Home Base, the statewide “instructional improvement system.” PowerSchool is the “student information system” part of Home Base.

 Students and parents will generally be working with PowerSchool.