When some teachers began entering their students’ first-quarter grades on Baltimore County’s new online system last week, the grades starting changing.
The problem with the online system known as BCPS One required the school system to send out a memo to principals suggesting they require their teachers to check all of the grades they had entered to make sure there weren’t any mistakes.
“Teachers should be particularly vigilant to review their grades since this is the first electronic feed of gradebook. In some cases, the grades are not what the teacher expected,” the memo said.
Mychael Dickerson, a spokesman for the school system, said some of the problem was the fact that teachers had begun entering their grades before they should have.
“This was not a systemwide problem; in fact, there were only about 20 issues reported which is low considering we have 8,700 teachers,” he said .
In other instances, he said there was a technical glitch. He said the memo to principals was a preventative measure taken “to make sure the problem was not widespread, and in fact, it was not.”
Baltimore County schools launched BCPS One this fall. It allows parents to check on homework assignments and track their children's grades on tests and quizzes. Parents and teachers said earlier this fall that the system had been hampered by technological glitches, including difficulty logging onto it.