As more schools embrace digital learning tools and assignment calendars, up-to-the-minute GPAs are going online as well. Students whose schools use online report cards don't have the chance of hiding a low test score, because their parents need only log on to see Junior's latest grades. But it can breed obsession, parents tell the Washington Post.
When one school took down its online system after security concerns, the superintendent apologized for “the frustration of parents who have grown accustomed to using the program.” Schools like the new systems, since they have to collect data anyway under the No Child Left Behind law. Students seem to have mixed feelings: The better the grades, the more they like it.