Grade Book 101: Intro to the Secondary Grade Book

Last modified on 04/03/2020

Documentation for teachers using the grade book at the secondary level.


At its most basic, the TeacherVUE grade book lets you add and score assignments for your students and have those scores generate an overall class grade. The grade book offers many other features however:

  • Visually highlighting student performance levels.
  • Running progress reports, missing assignment reports and many others.
  • The ability to filter your grade book view by subject, date, etc.

This article will cover the basics of creating and scoring an assignment. The knowledgebase has a growing list of articles covering the secondary grade book that will move you beyond the basics. 

Creating an Assignment

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

Grade book menu with new assignment menu item selected

2. On the top half of the assignment creation screen you will fill out several pieces of information about the assignment. You will also see a summary of existing assignments on the left.

  • Top section of new assignment screen with sample information filled inAssignment Name
  • Description (optional)
  • Date of Assignment - Date the assignment was created. Defaults to current date
  • Assignment Category - Options are Normal, Extra Credit and Not for Grading
  • Parent/Student Portal -  Determine whether the assignment shows up in ParentVUE and StudentVUE. You can also hide the assignment until a score has been entered.
  • Due Date - Defaults to current date. Note: Some assignment types do not have a due date
  • Score Type - Determines what scores you can enter when scoring assignments.
    • ​​Letter Grade  - A, B , C etc
    • Percentage - 0-100%. Can enter decimal values (e.g. 42.7) when scoring
    • Raw Score - Any numeric value. Can enter decimal values when scoring
    • Rubric (recommended) - A one to four scale. Can only enter 1, 2, 3 or 4.
  • Max Score (only displayed/used for the "Raw Score" score type) - Think of this as the maximum score a student could see on an assignment you hand back. 
  • Points - The overall class grade is calculated based on the number of points earned as a percentage of the number of points possible


How Points Work

When calculating the overall class grade, the grade book will look at how many points a student could have earned across assignments. It will then determine what percentage of these possible points the student earned.

These percentages are then converted to a letter grade based on the default grade scale where 90% = A, 80% = B etc. Click here for instructions on how to change these values by setting up your own custom grade scale.


3. Directly below the information you just filled out you will see tabs for further refining your assignment. If you are attaching standards to the assignment, select the "Standards Correlations" tab and refer to this article for further instructions.

tabs for adjusting assignment standards, sections, grading periods etc

4. The "Sections" tab lets you apply the assignment to other sections.

5. "Grading Periods" lets you select the grading period you want the assignment to apply to. By default the current grading period will be selected, but if you want to set up assignments for future grading periods, you can do this on the "Grading Periods" tab.

6. At the top of the screen, click the "Save Assignment" or "Save/Add Another Assignment" button. If you choose the latter, the assignment name and description will be cleared, but other values (dates, type, etc) will be preserved. When you click "Save Assignment" you will be taken back to the main grade book screen.

Scoring an Assignment

Scoring by Student

entering scores on the main grade book screen

  1. From the main grade book screen, click on the cell for the student & assignment you want to score. The score you are able to enter depends on the "score type" you selected when creating the assignment.
  2. The tab key on your keyboard will move the cursor to the right to score the next assignment for that student. The enter/return key will move the cursor down to score the next student for the same assignment.
  3. Click the "Save Changes" button to save your scores. 
  4. Note: The red down pointing arrows indicate that the student received less than 50% of the possible points for the assignment 1 out of 4 for example. You can also color code cells based on their score using a tool called "analysis bands."  


Scoring by Class

  1. From the main grade book screen, click on the name of the assignment you want to score. From the menu that appears, select "Enter Scores." This will take you to a new score entry screen for that assignment.
    Assignment popout menu with "enter scores" selected
  2. Use the pulldown menus to score your students. If you score one student and then click the down pointing green arrow one time, all unscored students below will receive that same score. If you click the green arrow a second time all students below will receive that score, including students that already had a score. If you accidentally clicked twice and unintentionally overwrote some scores, click the "Cancel/Return to Grade Book" button to exit without saving your changes.
    grade entry by class screen
  3. The score entry screen also gives you the option to exclude individual students from an assignment (if they were absent for example), hide the assignment from Student/ParentVUE and add comments and notes.
  4. When done, click on the "Save/Return to Grade Book" button to return to your main grade book screen. The "Save" button will save your progress but keep you on the score entry screen.
    Save & cancel buttons



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