New Program Links Parents to Children's School Records

With the end of the school year right around the corner for many students, a new program will allow parents to find out their children's grades before the youngsters can sneak them out of the mailbox at home.

Parent Link will give parents access to grades and other information vital to a student's educational process, Public Schools Chancellor Joel Klein announced Thursday.

"We can now give more information than ever before to families, allowing them to learn how their children are doing in school, work with teachers in helping their children learn, and hold all of us, myself included, accountable for results," he said in a statement.

Families will be able to access Parent Link as long as they have a home computer with an Internet connection. In addition to tracking their own children's progress, parents also can track attendance and exam scores from the past three years for certain grade levels. They can also compare their school to other public schools.

Parent Link will be available in nine languages.

"Parent Link helps make parents essential partners in their children’s education," Klein said.

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