More parents are learning earlier in the semester if their child is struggling in or failing a class, as more schools post students’ report cards and grade reports online.
At the start of the school year, Franklin schools started posting report cards online for students in all grades. The move to online grade reports is saving school districts a small amount of money since they’re printing and mailing less paper. But Franklin’s biggest motivation was to ensure that parents had access to their students’ grades more often, Superintendent David Clendening said.
Greenwood and Clark-Pleasant schools also started transitioning to online grade reports several years ago for similar reasons — they didn’t want parents to have any surprises when they saw their students’ grades at the end of a semester, Clark-Pleasant assistant superintendent John Schilawski and Greenwood assistant superintendent of learning Rick Ahlgrim said.
“When the report card comes out, it’s less productive of a time for a parent to become aware of their child’s progress than during the course of the grading period,” Ahlgrim said.