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Secondary Grade Book: Start of Year Setup

Created on 08/28/2015
Modified on 09/11/2017
For new or returning teachers, grade book settings that should be set or verified at the start of the school year.

The Synergy grade book will have carried over the majority of your settings from last year, but all teachers, new and returning, should run through the checklist below to make sure your grade book is properly set up for the new year. All of the menu items listed below can be accessed from the Grade Book menu in TeacherVUE.

grade book menu

 

Returning Teachers

Grade Book Setup
Set the way your grade book works and how the overall class grades and standards are calculated.

  • Set assignment weighting, if using.
  • Verify the standards calculation method your department is using.
  • Enable standards mode ("class settings" button) for all of your sections. Do this NOW for all of your sections for the year so you are set for the school year.
  • Custom grade scales (report card score types) carried over but need to be applied to your sections for the new year.
     

 Set Up Class Standards 
View/modify the standards that are in your class. Load the standards that are aligned with your course.

  • Load the standards that are aligned with your course. Do this NOW for all of your sections for the year.
     

Final Grade Config
Where you change the default grade scale (90%=A, 80%=B etc) to a custom grade scale you previously set up. If you don't use a custom grade scale you can skip this screen.

Copy Assignments
Optional: Copy assignments from a previous school year into the current school year.

 

 

New Teachers

New Assignment
Screen for creating new assignments. Assignments can easily be added to multiple sections during the creation process.

Grade Book Setup 
Set the way your grade book works and how the overall class grades and standards are calculated.

  • Set up "Assignment Weighting" if using.
  • Review & adjust "Grade Book Settings"e;
  • Enable standards for your sections. (follow steps in this article)
  • Use the "Assignment Types" button to create custom assignment types (e.g. "Science Labs") if desired.
  • Use the "Grade Book Score Types" button to create custom score types if desired.
  • Use the "Report Card Score Types" button to create a custom grade scale if desired.
  • Use the "Grade Book Comments" button to review and (if desired) create grade book comments.
     

 Set Up Class Standards 
View/modify the standards that are in your class. Load the standards that are aligned with your course.

  • Load the standards that are aligned with your course. Do this NOW for all of your sections for the year.
     

Final Grade Config
Where you change the default grade scale (90%=A, 80%=B etc) to a custom grade scale you previously set up. If you don't use a custom grade scale you can skip this screen.

 

Grade Book Menu Items: Useful for Later

Menu Item What it Does
Analysis Tool Performs a grade book analysis by criteria you select: race, gender etc. Data can be grouped by this criteria. Your custom data views can be saved for quick access. 
Resources Review & add class level resources. Resources can be documents or web links. Review assignment specific resources.
Assignments Review and make bulk changes to your assignments. For example, you could change the due dates of assignments copied from a previous school year or change the grading period that your assignments are associated with.
Manage Classes Mostly not used, but the green "Update" button will force your grade book to recalculate grades. This is helpful if you make a change to your setup that the grade book isn't reflecting. You can also add class level resources from this screen.
Student Score Transfer This screen lets you transfer assignment scores for a student that is still changed periods but is still in your class. You cannot transfer scores if the student is from a class taught by a different teacher.
Calendar Provides an overview of all of your assignments in a calendar format. You can view a single class or all of your classes. You can also filter your view by assignment type.

 

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