Union worries that online Gradebook could increase teacher workload

09/21/2009 | Capital (Annapolis, Md.), The

Educators in a Maryland district will be using a new method for reporting student grades to parents that union leaders say it could result in more work for teachers. Middle- and high-school teachers had been sending e-mails to parents with student grades, but the district is transitioning to a program, called PowerTeacher Gradebook, that requires teachers to regularly post student grades online. Teachers say learning the system has taken from time they would have spent preparing lessons and their classrooms.

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