District 65 parents will be able to check their children’s assignments, grades, and attendance and disciplinary records online perhaps as early as this month.

“There are many things families can have access to,” said Lora Taira, assistant director of information services.

By using the systems, parents will be able to keep tabs on their children’s academic performance by examining their scores on individual assignments and tests. They will also be able to see if some assignments were never turned in or turned in late.

Meanwhile, teachers can use the system to create lesson plans and seating charts, e-mail the entire class, and access their students’ home addresses, home phone numbers and medical conditions.

The database uses a complex encryption code to safeguard information, like online banks, Chief Information Officer Paul Brinson said.

“The system itself is very secure,” he said.


District 65 parents will be able to check their children’s assignments, grades, and attendance and disciplinary records online perhaps as early as this month.

“There are many things families can have access to,” said Lora Taira, assistant director of information services.

By using the systems, parents will be able to keep tabs on their children’s academic performance by examining their scores on individual assignments and tests. They will also be able to see if some assignments were never turned in or turned in late.

Meanwhile, teachers can use the system to create lesson plans and seating charts, e-mail the entire class, and access their students’ home addresses, home phone numbers and medical conditions.

The database uses a complex encryption code to safeguard information, like online banks, Chief Information Officer Paul Brinson said.

“The system itself is very secure,” he said.

Families without personal computers or internet access can go to public libraries to enter the system – but all users must use an email address to sign in.

Just because the system is there, however, does not mean teachers will use it. The district has yet to determine how frequently teachers will be advised to update online information, Brinson said.

Tyler Technologies, a company that programs software for the public sector, designed the system.

“It’s used quite extensively,” Brinson said, adding that it is the most widely used student information system in the country.

School districts in Fremont and Joliet and others across the country use the system, Taira said.

The district is still looking into the option of keeping track of student lunch information with the system.

The district will probably not need to create new positions to manage the system, Taira said.

The district is investigating the possibility of registering for courses online as well. Parents who register for courses online would supply proof of residence, which must be shown every year in the district, through the mail.

“The more we can automate, the better,” Board Member Katie Bailey said.

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  1. No parent access
    I just accessed EvanstonNow to post info about the LACK of parent access to student info, only to find this story. Here’s what the teachers have to say about the new system:

    At curriculum night we learned that the district has replaced “mygradebook.com” with a new program called “SISK12”. According to our teachers, there IS a “parent access” option, but “the administration” has decided NOT to enable it at this time. Teachers are frustrated because they appreciate the parent-contact options available through mygradebook (and, reportedly available but not implemented with SISK12).

    Also, teachers have not been trained on how to use the new system – unless they were willing and able to come in UNPAID over the summer or after 5:30 since school has started. Apparently the district is not heeding teachers who have insisted on the need for 1) training and 2) parent access. So, teachers would appreciate it if parents would call the administration and ask for access as well as training for teachers. It was suggested that we call:

    Information Services 847-859-8060
    Paul Brinson 847-859-8061
    Sue Schultz 847-859-8031 (apparently responsible for the decision to delay parent access)

    Please also contact board members. It may also make sense to show up at the next board meeting to raise the issue.

    Meanwhile we got a letter from ETHS today with our login and password for D202’s “Home Access” system. There IS a light at the end of the D65 tunnel.

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