The new parent portal offers much easier access to data for parents and has streamlined the process of generating that data. Numerous data points were boiled down on a weekly cadence to give a parent at a glance an indication of whether the student is keeping up with assignments. The tool allows data to appear dependent on the user’s permissions and offers a more compact and streamlined presentation of learner-specific data with easy navigation.
21st Century was pleased with the tool Learning Pool developed. That satisfaction extends to the parents making use of it to track student progress. After introducing the new tool, 21st Century held a competition to encourage parental engagement.
Users were delighted with the changes. They were especially pleased with the mobile-friendly nature of the Parent Portal.
Eric Bjella credited 21st Century’s team in turn with providing a clear vision and ongoing feedback that made the development process a truly collaborative project. “21st Century did a great job of reaching out to people in their organization to get buy-in and feedback That approach led to enthusiasm among teachers, and frankly a better product because we got on the ground feedback,” said Bjella.
The 21st Parent Portal has been a success, both in terms of the functionality of the tool and its adaptation by users. Provasnik believes the cooperation between 21st Century and Learning Pool in this project has laid a solid foundation for future collaborative efforts.
“It’s been a great process and we’re always looking forward to the next project,” he concluded.