POTTSTOWN PA – How’s little Johnny doing in class? For that matter, how are Ben and Susie doing too? Parents who have several children attending Pottsgrove schools and who wanted to regularly check on their progress previously had to log in, review, and then log out from the district’s online PowerSchool Parent Portal separately for each child. That made for a whole lot of mouse-clicking and wasted time.
No longer, district Director of Technology Michael Wagman reports.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, Pottsgrove is giving parents the ability to access each child’s attendance records, homework assignments and class grades from a single sign-on account. Although such technology isn’t new to PowerSchool, the web-based software the district has used for several years to keep parents informed, single sign-on is being introduced in Pottsgrove for the first time this year.
The process is not automatic. Parents must follow some relatively simple instructions – they won’t need a computer science degree, Wagman promises – to consolidate their children’s records into one account. They will need their parent username and password for each child to create the account.
- Find the instructions here.
- Watch a YouTube video about creating a single sign-on here.
Don’t know much or anything about PowerSchool yet? Forgot your username or password? No worries! Call the principal’s office at your child’s school building for information, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
California-based Pearson Education Inc. created the PowerSchool system in the late 1990s, and promotes it as the “fastest-growing, most widely used web-based student information system.” Pottsgrove’s more than 3,000 students are among 10 million across all 50 states and 65 countries with PowerSchool support, the company claims.