USA – North Dakota school using smart cards for attendance

By | May 11, 2017

Bismarck, North Dakota’s Legacy High School is now the first school in the state to implement automated classroom attendance thanks to system provider, ScholarChip.

The school is leveraging ScholarChip’s smart ID card-based system that sees students tap in at the beginning of class to denote attendance, and enables administrators to more efficiently view class rosters in larger lecture settings.

As reported by local NBC affiliate KFYRTV, Legacy High School has initially installed 18 ScholarChip card readers, and provided the initiative continues on its current trajectory, the school will implement the readers in every classroom.

A hallmark of the automated system is that it greatly expedites the attendance process, leaving more time for instruction. School officials say that the ScholarChip system was the simplest, most cost-effective solution to revamp the school’s attendance for large auditorium classes.


ScholarChip is a smart card ID provider for the K-12 market, and its namesake solution is a centralized school safety and attendance system that leverages the one-card model. The company has seen its attendance solution, in particular, deployed both on individuals campuses and at the district level in cities across the country.

The solution’s attendance utility leverages students’ contactless smart cards at the reader and shows students as present or absent, as well as denotes when a student may have cut class, is late, or suspended. Depending on class size, card readers can be wall-mounted or connected to a classroom PC. Teachers and administrators can also benefit from a reduction of inconsistency seen when instructors manually take classroom attendance, as card-based attendance offers reliable, uniform reporting.

Source: CR80News