Schools that offer online grades usually make them accessible via a login and password that are provided to students and their families either by the school or by the teacher. In some cases, parents and students are provided separate login information.
Online grades are made available at the discretion of individual schools via a variety of software programs. In some instances, online grade tracking is left to the discretion of individual teachers, while in others, it is a school system standard. Since grades are sensitive, private information, access is typically restricted to students and their parents. In some cases, online grade tracking systems are a part of a larger interface in which students and their parents can check homework assignments as well as communicate with the teacher and their classmates.
For those who are unsure if online grade tracking is available for their child's school, a simple visit to the school's website or a phone call to the school produces an answer along with instructions for parents about how to access their children's grades. While many parents like the convenience of being able to track their children's progress in school, other parents are weary about becoming overly involved in their children's education to the point of interfering. Depending on how often the grading system is updated, the information reflected may or may not be the most current reflection of a student's grades.