Web app that links parents to kids’ schools has few takers in Dallas ISD is the headline in a recent Dallas Morning News article.
Here are some excerpts:
The application, called Parent Portal, makes an extraordinary amount of information available to parents. It shows students’ grades, attendance records and notes from their teachers on how they are performing. Parents can exchange private messages with teachers. The information is updated weekly….
However, Parent Portal participation in DISD remains low. Only 13 percent of the parents of Dallas ISD’s 158,000 students have signed up for Parent Portal, district records show. Of the district’s 223 schools, only a handful have more than half of their parents enrolled. The district doesn’t measure how often a parent signs in.
Michelle Rhodes, a teacher at DISD’s Larry Smith Elementary School in Mesquite, said few of her students’ parents use the service, possibly because so many lack computers or smartphones. District records show 10 percent of Smith parents have signed up for Parent Portal.
“That complicates it,” Rhodes said.
Participation in Parent Portal is the highest in the district’s premier magnet schools…