At the first moment of opening up PowerSchool’s website, any student from last year can tell that PowerSchool is significantly more organized than Teacherease.
Due to the fact that PowerSchool now tells students their attendance, how many tests they have taken and their grades on each, school calendars, and teacher comments, PowerSchool may be superior because of its organization and overall structure.
PowerSchool also helps parents out by showing them how many days their children have missed and all the teachers’ comments.
PowerSchool now has a link to Schoolnet. Schoolnet, which is also by Pearson, is a website which allows one to access Standardized Tests, Benchmark Test, and Classroom Tests.
“I like how it has the programs compacted together. It makes everything easier and less repetitive,” math teacher Mrs. Pully said.
In the past to access Benchmarks and Standardized Tests, classes would have to enter in a multi-lettered address but now all a student must do is access PowerSchool and click on the Schoolnet link.
PowerSchool may be flawed, but Pearson is working to resolve these concerns. As more parental calls come in, more mistakes are being discovered which will be changed as it develops.
Currently, PowerSchool is more in depth than its predecessor. Given the amount of money HCPS has spent on this endeavor, it should last a while.
TeacherEase has been completely removed from Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS). This left HCPS students with almost a month of not being able to see their grades while the county activated Pearson’s PowerSchool.
Last year, TeacherEase had a system where you may access both percentages and letter grades. People became outraged at the time of the release due to the fact that PowerSchool was not displaying grade percentages.
On October 3rd, 2013, PowerSchool was officially updated to show both percentages and letter grades. Even though the company has updated their program to accommodate this concern; there are still concerns from students.
PowerSchool was created with a login system like Blackboard, but some students have reported a problem with PowerSchool processing their password and username.
“Every time I try to login in I put in the exact same password and username five times, but it only processes it one fifth of the time,” sophomore Jake Thomas said.
This may pose a problem to students, considering Thomas was not the only one who reported this as a problem.
In the future, PowerSchool will address these issues as well as others and aim to fix them, but as for now, teachers and students must struggle with the problems that were not present in Teacherease.