Online access to school data proposed for parents

October 30, 2013 • State News

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez will ask the Legislature to provide $1.2 million next year for online systems in schools to allow parents to access information about their children’s classroom work.

The governor made the announcement Wednesday at Bernalillo Middle School, which operates such a portal.

About 29 of the state’s 89 school districts have a “parent portal,” according to the [auth] Public Education Department.

Martinez said her proposal would allow teachers to post records about student attendance, homework assignments, test results, grades and other information that parents could view by logging into a secure website.

Improved access to student performance data could help parents stay more involved in their children’s education, Martinez said.

“In New Mexico, where our students come from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, we know that we can make a difference by ensuring that parents and educators are working together so that all of our kids can learn to read well early in their lives and succeed throughout their schooling,” the governor said in a statement.

The proposal will be part of the administration’s spending recommendations to the Legislature, which meets in January for a 30-day session. The goal is to make the online access for parents available in elementary, middle and high schools statewide.

“This resource will allow parents to log onto a computer — at any time of the day — to quickly get a picture of how their children are performing in school,” said Education Secretary Hanna Skandera.

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