The FERPA only allows you to see how they are doing at the end of the semester. You don't have any way to track how they are doing doing the semester
At the Saturday session they stressed having the FERPA signed, but noted that if there are REAL troubles they will get word to the parents somehow. Again, that will be at the end of a semester (technically quarter at MSOE), not mid-semester like most of us were used to doing while they were in high school.
Parents, welcome to the MSOE family!
The students will receive a syllabus in each class that outlines how the grade for that course will be calculated. So, if the student takes the syllabi for each class and makes some sort of document that indicates each assignment/lab/test in each class and the percentage of the grade for each item, they should know how they are doing throughout the term and be able to share that with you. I know that high schools have high tech ways to do that, but sometimes the old-school ways work just as good.