Problems with the New Haven school district's new Student Information System, called Zangle, frustrated many teachers' attempts to post semester grades Monday, a student-free workday set aside for teachers to submit grades and prepare for today's start of the second semester.
"I've had enough of Zangle," said Language Arts teacher Indira Chakrabarti this morning, after a frustrating day of dealing with the on-again, off-again, slowpoke computer program, which was supposed to make submitting grades easier when it was implemented as the district's new student information system at the start of the year.
As a result of the problems, which administrators say are now resolved, the Monday afternoon's deadline for teachers to submit grades has been extended to Thursday.
"We will then run confirmation reports on Friday and mail report cards next week," Vice Principal Matt Smith wrote in an email to the faculty this morning.
In the throes of the computer problems Monday, Smith told the staff "the Zangle problems plaguing us are distict-wide, and Chris Hobbs [the school district's technology expert] currently has the Zangle vendor working on it. However, in light of the fact we have lost so much time, we will be initially extending the grade submission deadline 24 hours, to Tuesday night. Obviously, if the problem is not resolved quickly, we may have to extend it further."
Some teachers were appreciative of the extra time, but not of the day-long frustration. "It is now 3:00 and Zangle is still not working.Thanks for the extension till Tuesday but when during my work day will I get it done," wrote one, "We should get some type of compensation for all the extra hours we will be putting in beyond our work hours to do first semester grades."
Another wrote: "I have just literally wasted the better part of five hours trying to work with Zangle and I am fed up. I have curriculum and disaster preparedness work to do and I am going to move on to that. This means that I won't be likely to get the grades and attendance done in time to print out the required hard copies today and will have to try to do it tomorrow morning, unless I find a vast reservoir of hidden patience between now and then to attempt Zangle again today. I am sorry if this causes problems but my time is just too valuable to wait for the bugs to be worked out any longer."