Wake Ed

November 11, 2013

Wake County delaying again release of elementary-school report cards

Wake County school officials say that, “due to an ongoing statewide software issue,” the report cards for traditional-calendar elementary students will not be distributed until the week of Nov. 25.

It’s now looking like Thanksgiving week will be the earliest that families of Wake County’s traditional-calendar elementary students will see their first report card of the school year.

The report cards were supposed to be distributed Tuesday, Nov. 12, but Wake County school officials announced that they’ll be delayed until the week of Nov. 25. School officials are attributing the delay “to an ongoing statewide software issue.”

Teachers around the state have complained about problems with the state’s new PowerSchool system.

“Pearson, the third-party software provider, is currently working to address the outage in its system, which has impacted teachers throughout the state,” Wake says in a letter sent to parents explaining the delay. “Once the system is restored, teachers will be able to continue to enter first-quarter grades, and schools will be able to print report cards.”

The delay impacts many of Wake’s 72,500 elementary students, the majority of whom go to traditional-calendar schools.

The report cards were originally supposed to go out Nov. 4 before the first delay to this week.

The delays come at the same time the school system is issuing a new report card for elementary schools that includes changes such as more grades being issued and a new grading scale.

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