Barrington students' progress reports go hi-tech today

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Parents of Barrington Public School students will not be receiving paper copies of their son's and daughter's progress reports today. Instead, they will need to go online to see how their children performed in class for the first half of the school year.

School administrators sent home reminders to parents on Friday, Jan. 31, alerting people to the change.

"Today is progress report day. You will be able to access your child’s progress report in Aspen at some point today. Attached are directions on how to access your child’s progress report in Aspen. Hard copies of the progress reports will not be sent home," stated one e-mail.

Aspen.com is a website that includes a variety of information for local students and their parents, including classroom assignments, reminders and updates. Parents are given a log-in and must set passwords in order to access detailed information.

The document attached to the recent reminder about progress reports shares a step-by-step approach to accessing students' reports. Parents were also told that they would receive an e-mail telling them when their child's progress report was available on Aspen.

Technology in Barrington schools surfaced during a recent meeting discussing the Common Core State Standards and PARCC assessments. A local mom asked the panel of education officials about the reliance on computers — she said not all families in town have access to computers at home.

Jamie Crowley, a principal of a Newport middle school, was on the panel and told the woman that alternative options were available, such as online access at public libraries.

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