This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
To help bridge the gap between home and school, the School District introduced FamilyNet last spring, providing parents with access to data via the Internet concerning their child’s school progress.
FamilyNet is accessible online to parents who provide a valid email address and their child’s student identification number, which appears on report cards and on the Parent Location card.
On FamilyNet, parents can access student report cards, scores and analysis for both benchmark and standardized tests, as well as information about enrollment and the child’s academic history. There are also resources for parents to help their children succeed in academia.
“While this is just the beginning, parents have already commented on the value of FamilyNet and the importance of letting other parents know about this valuable resource,” says an email from Parent Technology Manager Jay Cohen and Fran Newberg, program manager of the Instructional Management System for the School District’s Office of Educational Technology.
Cohen says the School District is working with schools, Home and School Associations, and other organizations to develop schedules to educate parents about this new program and about where to find discounted computers and Internet services.
As of June, about 8,500 parents were registered on the FamilyNet site. To register for FamilyNet, parents can log on to www.phila.k12.pa.us and click on FamilyNet to set up their account. For more information, call 215-400-5099.