Master of Education Research Theses

Date of Successful Defense


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Master of Education (M.Ed.)




Andrew Runyan, Ph.D.


parental response, student information systems, elementary education


For years the academic and social progress of the elementary student has been communicated by paper reports. This project examined the parental response to the introduction of online progress reports in an elementary school. The student information system observed was the free Engrade class management system. The investigation was conducted in a small Christian school with parents of students in grades two through six. Parents were asked if the online communication bettered their understanding of their child‟s development. The literature review shows the value of the communication between school and home. Literature also uncovers the effect of technology on that relationship. The project reveals that parents are pleased with the access to online reporting. It is also discovered that the effectiveness of the system is directly correlated to the usage of it by the teachers. The project concludes by noting the options of the system that can be better used by the school and the parents.



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