N&O: NC schools dealing with problem-plagued state computer system

The News & Observer in Raleigh reports that a new state computer system for keeping track of student information has so many problems that the accuracy of transcripts, athletic eligibility and the number of students enrolled in schools is uncertain.

The problems have spurred educators like Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Heath Morrison to say the rollout of PowerSchool, the new computer system, has been “a train wreck.”

State education officials and Pearson Inc., the company that owns the PowerSchool system, say they’re working hard to resolve the running list of software problems that have affected schools across North Carolina. Both groups say the system is improving, but schools say they are still experiencing problems such as the inability to tell students their current grade-point average or their current class rank.


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