Web-based computer software that helps teachers keep closer tabs on their students' grades, attendance, and coursework will be distributed to schools throughout North Dakota after an extensive and sometimes frustrating tryout in the Bismarck school system.

The package, Apple Computer's PowerSchool, eventually will give parents the ability to check their children's marks, progress reports, and even homework assignments, said Paul Johnson, superintendent of the Bismarck schools.

Teachers use the software to enter student information into an online database. School officials and other teachers then are able to use the system


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