PowerSchool – New Student Information System Coming Soon

    The state of North Carolina has implemented a new student information system – Pearson PowerSchool, replacing NCWISE, the student information system the state had been using for nearly 20 years.

    PowerSchool will feature a Parent Portal, which will replace Parent Assistant Module (PAM) beginning in late September. The Parent Portal will provide parents (and students) access to grades, attendance records, schedules and will be available from any computer with Internet access.

    Parents will have accounts through which they can access information. Each family will receive an Access ID and password for each student, which will be used to create the parent account. CCS parents and students can access information about grades and attendance using the PowerSchool Student Login page using a secure login code. Parents will receive this information from their child’s school in September. Parents will receive a unique code for each child enrolled in Cabarrus County Schools and will be able to link their children in the Parent Portal. As with any personal information, it is important to protect this information. Parents will receive additional information about using the new system in the coming weeks.

    There is no cost to use PowerSchool, but you will need a computer with Internet access. Computers are available at public library branches if needed. Please note that in addition to digital information, parents may also request printed data from their child’s school.

    PowerSchool includes a variety of features. Here’s a sampling:
    Click “Grades and Attendance” to:
    • open a blank email message to send to the teacher
    • view grades
    • view absences and tardies
    Click “Grades History” to view final grades from previous classes.
    Click “Attendance History” to view attendance.
    Click “Email Notification” to set your email preferences.
    Click “Teacher Comments” to view any notes left by the teacher.
    Click “School Bulletin” to view the daily announcements.

    Parent App Available
    Parents also can access their students’ information using the PowerSchool Parent App. The PowerSchool for Parents App is available for download from the Apple App Store and compatible with the iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®. Parents can easily view each child's progress in a single feed to check grades, review assignments, and more! Also included in the app is the option for parents to share classroom information through Facebook and Twitter.

    The Parent App provides real-time access to the following:
    • Attendance
    • School Announcements
    • Assignments
    • Assignment Scores
    • Teacher Comments
    • Grades

    Cabarrus County Schools does not provide support for the PowerSchool for Parents App. For your information, we have included a few frequently asked questions about PowerSchool. See the information below.

    Parents and students will be hearing a lot about PowerSchool over the next few months. It is important to understand that PowerSchool is only one part of a suite of tools that the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will introduce this year. HomeBase, as it is called, features not only the new student information system – PowerSchool, it also includes an integrated instructional tool that aligns to Common Core Standards and a measurement tool for teacher effectiveness.

    HomeBase is a suite of software provided by the state beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. PowerSchool, the state’s Student Information System, is one piece of software included in the suite and is required. The state will also use True North Logic software within HomeBase for the N.C. Educator Evaluation System. HomeBase also will have some optional software components such as SchoolNet, which will provide the capability for formative assessments, teacher lesson plans, and resources for instruction. Cabarrus County Schools will pilot the optional components this year.

PowerSchool FAQs

Last Modified on September 26, 2013