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How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Create An Individualized Program?
« Last post by TimDaniel on December 02, 2018, 09:55:19 PM »
Individualized programs within a class can easily be created in Simplegradebook. In the gradebook view for the class, select the Assignments top tab and look for "Individualized Programs" as shown below:

The first dialogue allows you to select the student or students to whom the program will apply.  By default, all the students in the class are selected but individual students can be chosen by clicking "None" and then individually selecting the students.  Selecting an individual student or group of students, as shown below, makes it is easier to accurately create the individualized program.

After selecting students and proceeding to the next screen, a table showing the assignments assigned to the student is shown as below.  A checkmark indicates that an assignment is included in the student's program.  Note that if there are categories or terms, the selection of assignments can be further refined at this stage.

Unclick the checkmarks for any assignments which should not apply to these students as shown below.  You can use the All or None buttons to make this process more efficient.

Finally, select "Done". The assignments will no longer be included in the student's programs, and they will appear blank in the gradebook.  These assignments will not appear in reports or be included in any grades.

How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Override a Performance Scale Grade?
« Last post by TimDaniel on December 02, 2018, 08:41:32 PM »
Prior to version 4.4, teachers could only type in a new performance scale level for a student.  As of version 4.4, teachers can now override the grade using a grade slider.  This will affect both the grade progress sliding scale and the text of the grade on the report, automatically filling in the text from the performance scale used for the class.  The grade progress slider will then agree with the performance level chosen by the teacher.

The slider is shown below.  To get to the slider, click the Enter button to the right of the student's name in the gradebook.  Simply move the slider to the desired position reflecting the student's progress.

To revert back to the automatically-determined grade, click the "Stop Overriding Grade" button - the grade and slider will revert back to the position determined by the standard algorithm for determining performance scale grades.

Grades which have been over-ridden show up with a dark grey background in the gradebook display to remind teachers that they have over-ridden the grade.
FAQ / How Do Grade Sliding Scales Work?
« Last post by TimDaniel on December 02, 2018, 08:28:38 PM »
Grade sliding scales are intended to provide an graphical indication of student progress in performance scale classes.  There are many ways to measure progress, but two common ones are to have students try to achieve "Meeting Expectations" or to become "Proficient".

Simplegradebook uses an algorithm to determine whether a student has attained these achievement levels.  The algorithm is described in this FAQ:

The grade sliding scales use the same algorithm.  By comparing the sliding scale to the assignment summary it is clear what level the student is at.

Here are a few examples:

In the above example, the student has less than 50% of their assignments assessed as "Proficient".  In this case, the grade level is "Emerging". However, the student is close to having 50% of their assignments assessed as "Proficient", in which case the grade will be upgraded to "Developing".  Another way for the student to be assessed as Developing would be to complete the missing assignments and upgrade the "Emerging" assignments to "Developing".  The student needs to complete the missing assignments, and correct the assignments which are assessed as Emerging or Developing to get to the next higher grade.

In the above example, the student's progress is a bit better than half-way to "Proficient".  The student has 14 "proficient" grades and 12 grades that are less than proficient.  To get to "Proficient", the student needs to correct all the assignments that are missing, emerging or developing.  The teacher may also later decide to make some of these assignment practice only, in which case the assignments may not require correcting. 

What's New? / Version 4.4
« Last post by TimDaniel on November 25, 2018, 12:20:19 AM »
Version 4.4 adds the following functionality to Simplegradebook:

  • Individualized Programs - allows teachers to easily exempt assignments for a student, or a group of students. Details can be found here:  Individualized Programs
  • Grade Sliding Scale Graphics - for performance scale classes.  Details can be found here:  Grade Sliding Scales
  • Grade Override Slider - allows teachers to override the performance scale mark determination algorithm. Details can be found here:  Overriding Performance Scale Grades
  • Bug Fixes - various bug fixes.

Aside from the bug fixes, all this new functionality affects only Pro users, and items 2 and 3 only affect those that use performance scales with their classes.
How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Create Written Feedback in Simplegradebook?
« Last post by TimDaniel on November 09, 2018, 09:35:40 AM »
There are a number of places for providing students with feedback in Simplegradebook.

1) Class Notes - class notes are found in class settings, and appear on every report card.  They are useful for providing contact information for the teacher, for providing general information about the course, and for explaining assessment, such as performance scales.

2) Student Notes - these are found in the gradebook.  They are student-specific notes which appear on the student's report card.  They are intended for teachers to provide comments on progress and next steps for students to take.

3) Assignment Feedback - assignment feedback can be entered by clicking on the "Enter" buttons in the gradebook, or by clicking on the assignment in performance scale classes. 

4) Rubric Feedback - for assignments graded using rubrics (Simplegradebook Pro only) there is a place to enter teacher feedback for each criteria.  Click on Mark with Rubric after using the Enter buttons in the gradebook.

Students can see teacher feedback by looking at their grade details in their classes.  A change was made recently so that the teacher feedback is shown on the report, instead of requiring students to click on a link to see it.  It is still necessary for students to click a link to see rubric feedback.
How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Select The Teacher Name Shown On Reports?
« Last post by TimDaniel on November 07, 2018, 09:33:10 PM »
If there is only one teacher with Full Edit access to a class, that teacher's first and last name will shown on the report cards by default.

If there is more than one teacher with Full Edit access, go to Class Settings to select the Primary Teacher.  The names of all the teachers with Full Edit access will be shown, and the primary teacher selected.  The primary teacher's first and last name will appear on the report cards for that class.
How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Make A New Performance Scale?
« Last post by TimDaniel on October 01, 2018, 09:37:36 AM »
First, select "Create/Edit Performance Scales" from the menu.

Then, add your performance scale.  You can call it anything - see "New BC" in the example below:

Then, hit Done at the bottom.  When you go into your class settings, you will now be able to select the performance scale you created:

How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Add Assignments?
« Last post by TimDaniel on February 21, 2018, 12:02:07 AM »
You can only enter assignments while displaying the class in the gradebook spreadsheet.  Assignments are then added by hovering the mouse over the Assignments tab in the menu until the New Assignment drop-down appears. 

Percentage Classes

Selecting New Assignment drop-down brings up a display like this:

1. Points/Scale Factor/Total Points

If the class is a percentage class, fields will appear to enable the user to enter the points and total points for the assignment.  If you are using the "weight by points" method of weighting your assignments, use the same number (whatever the maximum score is for the assignment) for both the points and total points.  If you are equally weighting the assignments, fill in 100 in the total points, or some other convenient number which will be consistently used for all your assignments.  The scale factor will be automatically calculated.

Note that scale factor can be conveniently updated to a different value if, for example, you wish an assignment to count double.

There are fields to allow you to select the assigned and due dates, assign the assignment to a category and/or a term, and to copy the assignment to other classes as well.

2. Hidden

Selecting the Hidden checkbox hides the assignment from students and parents. It will still be included in the overall grade.

3. Maximum Number of Uploaded Files (Pro Users Only)

You can allow students to upload files to their assignments. This specifies how many files are allowed for this assignment.

4. Select Rubric

You can select any of your existing rubrics to use for the assignment.

Performance Scale Classes (Pro Users Only)

The display for a new assignment in a performance scale class looks like this: 

Note that for performance scale assignments, teachers can immediately enter the criteria for the performance levels. 

What's New? / 4.3.1
« Last post by TimDaniel on February 19, 2018, 12:28:01 AM »
1) It is now possible to turn the tooltips for the grades on and off in the gradebook spreadsheet
2) The students can now be re-ordered in the gradebook by clicking icons on the top of the columns.  There are icons in the name column for ordering by first name, last name or random (scrambled) order. There are icons in the grade column for ordering by ascending or descending grade. 
3) Choosing ascending or descending grade as the student order default in the class settings now functions properly.
4) There is a new checkbox on the bottom of the gradebook, the print format checkbox, that causes the entire list of students to be displayed so that the gradebook can be printed and posted. 
5) The format of the student data entry form has been changed slightly to try to clarify the order that student data should be entered with, and placeholder example text is now shown in the student data entry box.
How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Clear Browsing Data in Chrome?
« Last post by TimDaniel on January 15, 2018, 12:16:23 PM »
If you are experiencing problems using simplegradebook in Chrome after the 4.3 version upgrade, please clear your browser cache.

  • Click the three dots on the upper right hand side of the browser
  • Hover over More Tools then select "Clear Browsing Data"
  • Uncheck everything except "Cached Images and Files" - there is no need to delete anything else
  • Make sure "Cached Images and Files" has a checkmark
  • Select "All Time" under time range dropdown at the top.
  • Click "Clear Data" on the bottom right of the dialog box

After you refresh your simplegradebook page everything should be fine.
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