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Grade Book: Cumulative or Standalone Middle School Grading

Created on 10/21/2014
Modified on 02/10/2017
How to set up your grade book for either cumulative OR standalone ("fresh start") quarter grading.

The grade book lets you determine which quarters your assignments feed into. Some teachers may want to have their Quarter 1 assignments only feed into the Quarter 1 grade so their students get a fresh start at the beginning of Quarter 2. Other teachers may want the Quarter 1 assignments to be included in the Quarter 2 grade calculation in a cumulative fasion. This article will show you how to create either setup. 

 

Standalone/Fresh Start Setup

In this setup, the Quarter 1 assignments only feed into the Quarter 1 grade and the Quarter 2 assignments only feed into the Quarter 2 grade. Students will get a "fresh start" for Quarter 2. 

 

1. Go to the Grade Book menu and select the "Assignments" menu item.

grade book menu with assignments menu item selected
 

2. On the assignments screen, check the "Show All Periods" checkbox and set the "Page Size" pulldown to "50." Note: if you have more than 50 assignments, you will need to page through them when following the instructions below. Select the "Grading Periods" tab.

grade book assignments screen
 

3. All of your class assignments will appear, sorted by date. In the screen shot below, I have drawn a line between the Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 assignments. Make sure that all of your Quarter 1 assignments only have the Quarter 1 box checked and the Quarter 2 assignments only have the Quarter 2 box checked. For any individual row, only one box should be checked.

assignment screen, standalone grading period setup

4. If you have more than 50 assignments, click the green "Save Grading Periods" button and move to your next page to finish checking your grading periods. Otherwise, simply click the green "Save Grading Periods" button and you are done.

 

 

Cumulative Grading Setup

With this setup, students will receive a standalone Quarter 1 grade, but their assignment scores from Quarter 1 willl be included in the Quarter 2 grade.

 

1. If you set up a custom grade scale, apply that scale to all grading periods: This will ensure that your grades are calculated correctly. If you are not using a custom grade scale, skip to step 2. 

  • Under the "Grade Book" menu, select the "Final Grade Config" menu option. In the new window that opens, select the "Final Grade Defaults" tab.
  • Select your custom grade scale for all grading periods and select any other classes you want to apply these settings to using the check boxes. 
  • Click the"Save Defaults" and the "Save & Apply To All Students" buttons.

 

2. Go to the Grade Book menu and select the "Assignments" menu item.

grade book menu with assignments menu item selected
 

3. On the assignments screen, check the "Show All Periods" checkbox and set the "Page Size" pulldown to "50." Note: if you have more than 50 assignments, you will need to page through them when following the instructions below. Select the "Grading Periods" tab.

grade book assignments screen
 

4. All of your class assignments will appear, sorted by date. In the screen shot below, I have drawn a line between the Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 assignments. Make sure that all of your Quarter 1 assignments have both the Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 boxes checked.  Make sure the Quarter 2 assignments only have the Quarter 2 box checked. 

assignment screen, cumulative grading setup
 

5. If you have more than 50 assignments, click the green "Save Grading Periods" button and move to your next page to finish checking your grading periods. Otherwise, simply click the green "Save Grading Periods" button and you are done.

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