Engrade is first and foremost a web-based grading system that allows teachers of any grade level to post assignments, track grades, and display that information for parents and students. Engrade is particularly effective for establishing grade communication between students, parents, and teachers. With premium accounts, as described below, teachers can also reach parents directly via text messages.
Beyond organizing grading, Engrade lets teachers have access to their grade book, attendance book, seating chart, and discipline tracker all in one place. As of early 2012, Engrade has updated its offerings to extend to a suite of apps for creating different curriculum materials, including flashcards, Wikis, and quizzes (unless you prefer Google, and Engrade is also adaptable to Google apps).
Engrade is available for free for either teachers or schools, but also has a premium schoolwide version (Engrade Plus,) with additional data tracking features for monitoring student performance. These features include the online gradebook, e-mail feature, suite of apps, attendance tracker, and discipline tracker. EngradePlus has both teacher and school benefits; schools have the ability to access student performance tracking and advanced data reporting, while teachers receive additional features like parent text alerts and Common Core and state-standards tracking (https://www.engrade.com/plus/). Engrade Plus starts off at $600 per 100 students.
Engrade was started in 2003 by then high-school student, Bri Holt, who was frustrated he couldn’t view his grades on-line.
A decade later, Engrade has received support from funders including the
NewSchools Venture Fund and Wireless Generation’s co-founder, Greg
Gunn. Engrade has said that the funding will help it scale nationally as
it enhances its teacher management system. As of early 2013, Engrade’s
tools were used by more than 400,000 teachers nationwide, on devices
from tablet, mobile, and web devices.
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