Schools plan to upgrade online grading system 

A Peninsula school district that is aiming at increased communication between parents and teachers on grades and assignments will have a new system in place this summer.

Sequoia Union High School District — which serves 8,700 students in the communities of Redwood City, Menlo Park and Woodside — awarded a two-year contract to Infinite Campus in October 2009 for use of its system. The two-year contract is estimated at $350,000.

District spokeswoman Bettylu Smith said the district has been working to upgrade the grade-book system for several years and decided on Infinite last year.

“The new system offers staff the opportunity to better manage data in support of improved student achievement and performance,” she said. “Our new system will be entirely Web-based, allowing users to log on anytime, from any desktop computer or mobile device with Internet access.”

Infinite Campus says it serves 4 million students in 43 states.

The technology will allow teachers to track student enrollment, scheduling, attendance and grading all in one system — rather than logging on to multiple servers.

It will also allow for increased interaction with parents through messaging systems and accounts for parents to log onto in order to find student assignments, Infinite said.

According to a district staff report, Infinite Campus is a fully integrated Web-based system that will add capability and convenience to the management of student information.

The district is switching from School Administrative Student Information — a product that tracked student information and reports. Administration did not comment on the reasons for the switch.

Judy Draper — president of the Sequoia Union High School parent, teacher, student association — said the current system is helpful for parents to know their child’s progress. The problem, however, comes from teachers needing to update their grade book, then having to upload the same information to this server.

“So it’s not always updated,” she said. “I think parents would use it more if it weren’t just updated during progress report and final grade times.”

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

 

Keeping track

What Infinite Campus does for schools:

  • Student enrollment
  • Scheduling
  • Attendance
  • Grading
  • Tracks individual student performance
  • Allows for direct communication between teachers and parents
  • Allows for direct communication between teachers and administrators

Source: Infinite Campus

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