Primer Series: An Introduction to PowerSchool—Part I

Ever wonder how Colchester School District manages its student-related data? Did you know that parents of some students can now view their children’s grades online?

PowerSchool, a student data management software system, was purchased and implemented last summer. It is designed to function as a collaborative environment for teachers, students, and parents. In addition to the state census and other required data stored in PowerSchool—as well as the reports and letters that can be generated from within it—it also tracks such data as scholastic records, attendance, health records, demographics, scheduling, disciplinary records, transportation information, and much, much more.

Perhaps most importantly for parents, there is a component called Parent Portal that enables parents to log in and view their children’s real-time grades for any subject at any time. Parents can also use Parent Portal to register to receive alert notifications, review daily comments from teachers, track their children’s homework assignments, and so on.

Colchester High School launched the Parent Portal component at the start of the third quarter of the 2010–2011 school year; it is available directly through CHS’s website and by visiting Colchester Middle School also recently launched the Parent Portal component; parents can log in through a link on CMS’s website or by visiting

Because Union Memorial School, Porters Point School, and Malletts Bay School employ a different format for grading than that used by PowerSchool, there are no immediate plans to roll out the Parent Portal component for them. It is, however, a goal for the future.

Stay tuned for more information about PowerSchool coming up soon—including its costs and information about how the data stored within the system is protected.

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