Richmond County discusses student tracking system

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Ever wish you could get a text message on your cell phone letting you know your child made it to class?

Or what about an online site that lists your child's homework assignments, grades, attendance, standards to be met and even a spot for teachers and parents to communicate with one another?

Such possibilities and more were presented Wednesday in a called meeting of the Richmond County Citizen's Oversight Pay-As-You-Go Committee.

Members of the committee heard from officials with a company called Global Scholar, which is proposing an information system for the Richmond County school system that would consolidate several programs it currently operates in tracking student databases.

In some cases, officials must wait on individual files to be sent from one school to another. The proposed system would centrally track students' history and current results.

Teachers, parents and students would have their own log-ins to the system, and administrators could quickly examine how well a school is performing according to standards it must meet and what student groups could be focused on.

One feature that caught the attention of some was a text messaging function.

"This system can be configured to deliver in text form right into a cell phone," said Brad Baird, with Global Scholar, answering a question about how parents without Internet access could receive information.

Richmond County Superintendent Dana Bedden said such a program would replace the system's I-Parent listings, which post student grades and attendance.

Dr. Bedden said consolidating several programs into one would be more efficient and could save the system money. He said several companies were looked at initially, but talks have lately focused on two companies, Global Scholar and Cross Pointe.

He said he couldn't provide a cost figure as that's still being finalized, but Global Scholar presenters told Wednesday's group that it would be cheaper than two programs already being operated by the system that cost nearly $800,000.

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 828-3851 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com

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kat30815
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kat30815 10/08/09 - 03:13 am
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how much will it cost to

how much will it cost to tattoo the barcodes on the back of each students neck?

will there be the option for microchipping like my neighbors did for their dog?

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 10/08/09 - 06:28 am
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that's funny!!

that's funny!!

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 10/08/09 - 07:43 am
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no money for teachers, but

no money for teachers, but "buy some more toys" under the guise of improving education....it's very simple..why not give lists of all truants to truat officers and have them go KNOCK ON THE DOOR AT THE STUDENTS HOME AND INFORM THE PARENT(S) THAT THEIR CHILD IS NOT ATTENDING SCHOOL!!!! then if the student continues to miss class how about citing the parent(s) have them appear in court to explain why their child(ren) aren't in school then MAKE THE PARENT(S) PICKE UP TRASH ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD OR CLEAN KENNELS AT THE DOG POUND!!! ther is already a system in place, a new system will not be any better unless the parent(s) care enuff about their child(ren)'s education to visit the site....but i guess there's always high school football on friday nites

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AugustaVoter 10/08/09 - 01:51 pm
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This is all well and good on

This is all well and good on paper. RCSS has I-parent for most of this stuff now. It is getting the teachers to use it that is the issue! I have 4 children in different schools in the system. Currently I can only get grades for 2 of them. And the grades I can get amount to 3 and 2 classes respectively. Each child has 6 or 7 graded classes each. The teachers do not use the system. The 9 week period ends tomorrow and I still cannot tell how my children are doing. That system is a waste of tax dollars if you don't force the staff to use it!!!

Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 10/08/09 - 05:15 pm
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more outsourcing... then more

more outsourcing... then more furloughing.... give me a break

kldean
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kldean 10/08/09 - 06:33 pm
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This comment is for

This comment is for AugustaVoter. Please don't assume that teachers are not using the system. I am a teacher in the system and I would love for my parents to use I-parent; however, it doesn't do any good if we as teacher are always getting a message about the system being down for repairs. We have had teacher input grades and when the system is being worked on the grades are erased. So please, make sure you get the full story before you comment. Now yes, there may be some teacher not taking advantage of it, but don't put all in one category.

workingmom
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workingmom 10/08/09 - 07:42 pm
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There's always the old

There's always the old fashioned way of going in and talking to the teacher or sending an email asking how the child is doing.

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