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Grade Book Set Up #2 Secondary

Setting up Grade Book #2

This article includes: Filter Defaults, Section Groups, Curriculum Lists and Preferences.

In the Index click on Grade Book > Settings. This will expand to provide access to all of the features necessary to set up grade book for the course listed at the top (and actually all courses you teach).

Filter Defaults

In Settings click on Filter Defaults. This allows you to  choose the default filter to be applied to assignments each time the Grade Book is accessed. it is also possible to change the filter at any time.

Section Groups

Section Groups allow you to group similar sections together in a single grade book view.  Groups make scoring assignments easier by combining matching assignments into shared columns in the grade book.  To see the assignment in one column due dates and sequence number must match.

Selected groups apply to the grade book view only. However, all calculations and graphs (for Traditional Grading and Standards-Based) presented in the grade book view do cover all students in a section group.

Warning: When viewing the grade book for a section group, some options are not available, such as editing assignments and modifying many settings. The +Add button is disabled, assignments cannot be edited by clicking the assignment name, and many options are removed from the Settings menu. To see those options select one class in the group and they will be available in Settings.

Creating Section Groups

  1. Click Section Groups from the Settings menu of the Grade Book.
  2. Click Add to create a new group.
  3. Enter a Name for the group.
  4. Enter a Seq(uence) for the group.
  5. Select a Sort option to sort the section list by Active sections (those marked to be included in the group), by Period, or alphabetically by Course Name.
  6. Mark the Active checkbox next to sections to include in the group. The Terms in which each section meets are provided.
  7. Select a Color for each section, which displays as a small bar next to each student’s name.
  8. Enter a Seq(uence) to order the sections horizontally in the Grade Book.
  9. Click Save to create the group.

Viewing and Scoring a Section Group

Section groups are selected in the Section dropdown at the top of the grade book.

Example of a Section Group

Students are listed based on the sequence of each section within the group and whether Section is marked in the Sort options. Unmarking Section in the Sort options sorts students alphabetically without grouping them by section. Other filtering and sorting options are also available.

Assignments are combined if they match in Name, Sequence, Due Date, Category, and Points. Columns for assignments that don’t match across sections show with shaded cells for sections that do not include the assignment. Note that assignments are combined only in this grade book view; the individual assignment records for each section still exist.

In the example above, both sections have a matching DP assignment each day, except for the last day when the assignments differ.

Matching Categories are also combined. In Progress columns calculate based on the Grade Calc Options selected for each individual section. Manually Posting Grades functions as it does for an individual section.

Curriculum (formerly Assignment) List

The Curriculum List is available from Grade Book > Settings > Grade Book Set up > Curriculum Lists.

From the Planner > My Curriculum > Course > List (or click on the Course Name > Curriculum List).

Options for Accessing the Curriculum List from the Planner

From this list, you have various options for filtering, updating, and other actions.

Viewing the List

View the List with All selected to see all items in the section, or limit the list to only Units, Lesson Plans, or Assignments. The header of the list also includes the option to filter how drafts display in your list. Filter the list to hide draft items, to show them interspersed with your other items, or to show only draft items.

The total number of each time of item is shown in parenthesis.


The following table describes the Preferences available in the Grade Book Settings

Option Description
Display Sparkline Graph

Mark this preference to add a sparkline graph next to each student’s name, which condenses all scores into a compact graph that shows the patterns in the student’s overall performance over time. This graph is always displayed chronologically, regardless of assignment sort options.

Point/Mark based scoring displays as a blue line and Rubric based scoring displays as colored bars along an axis of proficiency.

Pass/Fail Coloring for Grades Mark this preference to turn on color coding for students’ In Progress Grades and Proficiency Estimates, with passing grades indicated in green and failing grades in red. Grades are considered passing based on the Grading Scales or Rubrics selected in the Grade Calculation Options.
Pass/Fail Coloring for Scores Mark this preference to turn on color coding for student’s scores on individual assignments, with passing grades indicated in green and failing grades in red. Grades are considered passing based on the Grading Scales or Rubrics selected in the Grade Calculation Options, unless there are Assignment Marks aligned to a specific assignment.
Save Alert When there is unsaved data in the Grade Book, the Save button displays as orange until the changes are saved. Mark this preference to receive a notification each time you click save indicating the “Grade Book has been saved.”
Assignments Per Page

Set the number of assignments that display on each page of the grade book. Decreasing the number of assignments per page can decrease how long it takes to load the Grade Book in classes with many students.

Navigate between pages using the options that display above the Grade Book when there are multiple pages.


Last updated by baxter_lorraine on 2017-08-04 07:28:45

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