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October 30, 2013

Wake County delays release of traditional-calendar report cards

Wake County school officials hope to begin distributing report cards on Nov. 12 for students at traditional-calendar schools, more than a week after they were supposed to go out.

The Wake County school system announced Wednesday that it’s delaying the release of report cards for traditional-calendar students by at least a week.

The first-quarter report cards for traditional-calendar students were set to go home Monday, Nov. 4. But school officials say unanticipated software outages in a new statewide computer system mean the report cards won’t go out until at least Nov. 12.

Letters announcing the delay were sent home with every student who is affected.

School administrators still hope to begin distributing Friday the report cards for students on Track 4 of the year-round calendar. Their report cards were supposed to have gone out last week.

School officials say Pearson, the third-party software provider, has been working for the past two weeks address outages in its system that have impacted teachers throughout the state. The issue has prevented teachers from entering grades, and has affected the ability of schools to print report cards.

According to Wake, fewer teachers statewide are on Track 4 so there’s been less problem for them saving the grades. But with so many teachers statewide at traditional-calendar school entering their grades at the same time, it’s leading to delays for those students.

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