The local school district started using an online grading program a few years ago. Too bad it sucked. Last year they upgraded to PowerSchool. Which rocks my world.
At least once a week I login to check on my boys’ grades. It’s amazing how much leverage you have as a parent when you have up to the minute grade information. My boys are familiar with the insta-ban on TV and computer resulting from poor grades.
We gave the boys the password so they could check their grades themselves. What a huge motivator that was. This system even lets us sign up for daily or weekly email updates.
I’ve seen my boys dig themselves quite the hole at the beginning of a grading period only to salvage an A by the time the final grade is posted. I can even tell if an assignment was turned in late or not at all. Let’s just say there are no surprises come the end of the semester. What a relief.