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Engrade in Berkeley County Schools, yes, there's an app for that

August 29, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Parents of students in Berkeley County Schools can check on their children’s grades in real time with their smartphone by using Engrade, a new web-based program the school district is offering this year.

The program, which also provides teachers with a gradebook, attendance, seating chart, discipline information in one user-friendly “interface,” is being used by many West Virginia counties, according to Assistant Superintendent Margaret Kursey, who is in charge of curriculum and instruction.

“Parent involvement in education is critical for student success,” Kursey said in an email Tuesday.

“Engrade is one important tool that Berkeley County Schools is making available to parents as a means to stay involved in their child’s education. We encourage parents to log in to Engrade and take advantage of the many features available,” she said.

Engrade usernames and passwords for parents were sent home with students this week, along with instructions for logging in, according to school district officials.

Parents also may can also visit the school system’s website under Announcements for more information, including how to combine accounts if more than one child is in county schools.

In the past, grades were uploaded once a week and then posted to a website, Kursey said. The school district also did not have the mobile app features, she said.

The new program also provides parents an all-in-one communication tool that allows them to connect anytime via private messaging, text alerts and email progress reports, Kursey said.

“As soon as a teacher enters the grade, parents and students will see the grade when logging in to Engrade,” she said.

Along with the grade reports, Engrade allows teachers and parents to connect via a messaging system, and teachers can post events and due dates for assignments on a class calendar, Kursey said.

Students also can take online assessments, have online class discussions and access online flashcards posted by the teacher, she said.

The program can be accessed via iPad, iPhone, Android or Google Apps account at any time, she said.

Engrade is being used by more than 40,000 schools and supports a community of more than 6 million users across the nation and around the world, according to its website.

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