The Connect Gradebook has various tools that allow teachers to set up Categories and Assignments for a class. Teachers should use the basic Setup option before using advanced features such as Copy Assignments, Restore Assignments, Import Assignment Scores, Gradebook Templates, or Gradebook Reports.
- From the Teacher Connect Gradebook, select Setup.
- Teachers can view, add and/or edit all the Categories, Assignments and Other Measures settings for the selected Class and Marking Period in one place. Categories that are associated to a Gradebook Template will be shaded in pale yellow.
- Select Save to apply the Setup changes to the Gradebook.
- Select Back to close the Setup screen and return to the Gradebook. When users select Back WITHOUT selecting Save, any changes made will be retained in the Setup screen, but will NOT be applied to the Gradebook.
The message “Please wait for the page to load completely before clicking the Save button.” will be displayed if Save is clicked before the Setup page fully loads, to prevent loss of gradebook data.
- Select Add Category to add a Category to the Categories list using the simplified interface.
- . Enter the category Name and Weight (defaults to 1), and select the Grading method. The selected Category Grading methods will affect the Marking Period Average calculation.
- Select the Delete icon to delete a new or existing Category. Users will be prompted if assignments are associated to the category. (Categories linked to a school-level Gradebook Template cannot be deleted, indicated by a greyed out Delete icon
- Selecting the Edit icon opens the Advanced settings for the Category.
Category names must be unique within the same Class, but the same Category can be used for multiple Classes. Category names are NOT case-specific. For example, “Tests” and “TESTS” are considered the same Category.
- When Drop Lowest and/or Drop Highest are greater than zero, the applicable value(s) in that Category will display the strike-through icon
- Changing Text Color or Background Color of a Category will override Color or Background Color settings of individual Assignments in that Category.
- Save all changes before selecting Back to return to the Gradebook.
The selection of Category Grading Methods does not change the manner in which the Category’s Averages, Points Earned and Points Possible are calculated, but does affect the manner in which the Marking Period Average is calculated.
- When all categories are set to the Summation Grading Method, the Marking Period Average is a Total Points calculation, which treats the weighted category points for all categories as if they were one category and divides the sum of weighted Points Earned by the sum of weighted Points Possible.
MPA = 𝑆𝑢𝑚 𝑜𝑓 (𝐶𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑔𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑃𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝐸𝑎𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑑 ∗ 𝐶𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑔𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑊𝑒𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡) 𝑆𝑢𝑚 𝑜𝑓 (𝐶𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑔𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑃𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑃𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒 ∗ 𝐶𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑔𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑊𝑒𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡)
- When all categories are set to any other Grading Method, or when categories are set to different Grading Methods, the Marking Period Average is the average of the weighted Category Averages.
MPA = 𝑆𝑢𝑚 𝑜𝑓 (𝐶𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑔𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝐴𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑒 ∗ 𝐶𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑔𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑊𝑒𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡) 𝑆𝑢𝑚 𝑜𝑓 𝐶𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑔𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑊𝑒𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑠
- Click the desired Category to select it.
- Select Add Assignment to add an Assignment to that Category using the simplified interface. Select Advanced from the Add Assignment menu to open the Add Assignment window, for full access to all the Add Assignment fields.
- Change the default Assignment Name and Max Points, if needed, and select the Due date, Publish status, and Publish Date (if applicable).
- Select the Edit icon next to an Assignment record to open the Edit Assignment window.
- Save all changes.
- Select Back to return to the Gradebook.
- Add any needed details. Required fields are indicated by a red asterisk.
- The Assignment Description can include a URL link to a website or to a document stored on the web, and will be available on the Portals when the Assignment is published.
- Use Exclude Students (collapsed by default) to mark students as excluded from the assignment. Check the header row checkbox to exclude all students, or check individual students to exclude them.
- Select Save to confirm any changes.
Other Measures Section
- The Other Measures section lists the Assessment Measures associated to the Course. The new
Daily Score measure allows teachers to represent student attendance and participation in
marking period grade calculations.
- When a Marking Period is selected from the Marking Period menu, ONLY those Assessment
Measures whose Assessment Date falls within the selected Marking Period will be listed.
- Teachers using MP/Final Grades can choose to include the assessment scores in the Marking
Period Grades. Check Include to factor the assessment score into the selected Marking Period’s
- Check Display to view and/or enter Assessment Scores during the selected Marking Period (as
determined by the Assessment’s Date).
- Select each assessment’s Display options:
Text Color, Background Color, and font formatting (Italic, Bold, Underline).
- Set the Weight for each assessment measure that is Included in the Marking Period grade calculation.
Assessments that are Included in a Marking Period’s grade calculations should also be Displayed during that Marking Period.