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How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Weight Grades?
« Last post by TimDaniel on January 16, 2017, 02:31:25 PM »
There are three levels of weighting possible in simplegradebook for percentage assignments.

1. Weighting Assignments

Assignments can be weighted against each other using either the total points method or the equal points method.  The weightings are entered when you create the assignment.  They can also be changed after it was created.

For the total points method, just make the Points for your assignment equal to the number of points that you want it to be worth in your class:



Notice that when you click on Total Points, the field is automatically filled in with the value you entered in the Points field.  Your assignments will be weighted based on the number of points you entered for them.  So, if you have an assignment worth 30 points, and the total number of points for all assignments is 1200, that assignment will be worth 30/1200 or 2.5% of the total.  Note that the Scale Factor will automatically be set to 1 - if you want an assignment worth double points, just set the Scale Factor to 2, or 3 as appropriate.

For the equal points method, enter the Points the assignment is out of, then set the Total Points for all your assignments equal to some value like 100. 



The Scale Factor will be automatically adjusted to make all the assignments worth the same.  If you want an assignment to be worth double, set the Total Points for that assignment to 200, or 300.

2. Weighting Categories

When Categories are entered for assignments, a weighting percentage can be entered for each category if the class is a percentage or letter grade class. The weightings are entered by clicking the Class Settings button beside the class.



In simplegradebook, category weightings do not have to add up to 100, but doing so makes things less confusing for parents and students!  In this case, the category weighting percentage is converted to a decimal, and the total points in that category is multiple by this decimal.  For example, if you enter 30% in the category weighting, the total points a student earns in that category will be multiplied by 0.30 when determining the overall achievement.



3. Weighting Terms

A weighting percentage can also be applied to a Term. 



Once again, Term weights do not have to add up to 100%, but it makes the most sense to parents and students if they do.  For example, is common to have Term 1 - 40%, Term 2 - 40%, Final Exam - 20%.  Terms can also be used for units of study, such as Trigonometry - 20%, Algebra - 30%, Shape and Space - 30%.  Term weights are incorporated into the overall mark the same way that Categories are. 
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FAQ / How do I Delete a Category or Term? (For Teachers)
« Last post by TimDaniel on December 07, 2016, 02:35:00 PM »
You can only delete categories or terms if there are no assignments "assigned" to them.  A good technique is to use the assignment spreadsheet (click on the word "Assignments" in the top menu) and look at the category assignments on the right hand side.  If there are assignments that are in the category you want to delete, change them to a new category.

Once you have done this, you can delete the category from the class Settings display.  Make sure you remove the category by deleting both the name and weighting, and then hit submit at the bottom of the page.
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Parents and students control the type or messages they receive through a set of switches in their My Simplegradebook user profile.  If you are receiving too many messages, log in, go to My Simplegradeook, and unclick the message types you no longer wish to see.

Once you are finished with simplegradebook, such as after graduation, you can choose to either delete your account or keep it.  You will continue to receive messages until the teacher archives the class.  If you don't want to see any more messages in the meantime, delete the account or unclick the message types as above.

If you are receiving duplicate messages please report this as a bug. 
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When an assignment is created in a performance scale class, there is a checkbox with the label "Practice".  When this checkbox is checked, the assignment is designated as a "practice" assignment.  This designation means that the assignment will NOT be included in the automatic determination of the overall grade.  In other words, if a practice assignment is not meeting expectations, the student can still have an overall grade of meeting expectations or exceeding expectations.

It is a good idea to have a Category called "Practice", and to put all practice assignments in that category.  That way both students and parents will know which assignments are for practice and which are for performance.
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How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Delete a Category or a Term?
« Last post by TimDaniel on November 15, 2016, 11:02:29 PM »
Categories and Terms can be deleted in a two step process:

Step 1 - Use the Assignment spreadsheet to make sure that there are no assignments assigned to the Category (or Term).  Assign them to other Categories or Terms.

Step 2 - Use the Class Settings display and blank out both the Name and Weighting for the Category.  If both are blank and you hit Submit at the bottom of the Class Settings display, the Category (or Term) will be deleted.

If they are not deleted, go back and check again that no assignments are assigned to them.  Simplegradebook will only delete Categories or Terms with no assignments attached to them.
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FAQ / Why Don't My Students See Letter Grades? (For Teachers)
« Last post by TimDaniel on November 14, 2016, 11:03:52 PM »
If you want letter grades to appear for your students, you must do two things:

1) Make sure that you have at least one letter grade table created.  There is an explanation of how to do this here:

http://simplegradebook.ca/smf/index.php?topic=132.0

2) You must select the letter grade table in your Class Settings.
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FAQ / Secure Connection Failed Error in Firefox
« Last post by TimDaniel on November 09, 2016, 09:28:13 AM »
If the following error is encountered:

Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to simplegradebook.ca. The OCSP server suggests trying again later. Error code: SEC_ERROR_OCSP_TRY_SERVER_LATER

The fix is as follows:

Navigate to "about:config" in Firefox (i.e. type "about:config" in the URL  address box at the top).  Click through the silly "This might void your warranty" page.  Warranty?  Once you get to the config page, scroll waaaaaaaayyy down to find the following line (fortunately they are listed in alphabetical order).

security.ssl.enable_ocsp_stapling

Set the stapling to false.  To set it to false just click on the line where it occurs.
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FAQ / Why Can't My Students See Their Grades?
« Last post by TimDaniel on November 02, 2016, 07:37:08 PM »
Common Problems:

1) The teacher hasn't "joined" the school. Students see their grades from other classes when they are part of a school.  If the teacher hasn't joined the school, the classes aren't visible.  To fix this problem the teacher just has to join the school and assign the classes to that school. To see how to join the school, go here:

http://simplegradebook.ca/smf/index.php?topic=7.0

2) The teacher has entered the student names in reverse order.  The student entry box requires that the names be in the order of
First Name  Last Name  Student Number
If this order is not adhered to, a separate student record will be created.  There are two solutions: a) give the students their access codes for the class and have them enter them in their accounts or b) these new student records can be combined with the correct student record by anyone with a simplegradebook administrator account with a few minutes of work.  The latter is the preferred solution.

Be careful to adhere to the required order when entering students. 
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How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Set Up My Letter Grade Tables?
« Last post by TimDaniel on October 30, 2016, 06:28:42 PM »
To set up your letter grade tables, use the Create/Edit Letter Grade Tables option under the Classes menu item.  Then add your letter grade table. 

An example for British Columbia is shown below.  It allows the teacher to select the Interim letter grade table intially, which will give any student with a mark less than 60% an I or Incomplete grade - this is useful for warning students and parents that success in the course may not be assured.  At the end of the course, the teacher selects the Final letter grade table, and students are graded according to the provincial standard for lettergrades.


After setting up your letter grade tables, go to the Class Settings link on the main teacher page and select the letter grade table to be used for the class using the dropdown box.  An example is shown:



Note: if you are grading all your classes on performance scales, letter grade tables are not necessary.
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FAQ / How Are Overall Grades Determined for Performance Scale Classes?
« Last post by TimDaniel on October 30, 2016, 01:28:58 PM »
When classes are graded on a performance scale, such as "fully meeting expectations", or "not yet meeting expectations", simplegradebook determines the overall grade by looking at how many assessments are meeting expectations for the grade level.  Overall grades are determined as follows - for convenience the language of the British Columbia Performance Standards is used:
 
Exceeds Expectations - all assessments are at "Fully Meets Expectations" and at least one is at "Exceeds Expectations".
Fully Meets Expectations - all assessments are at "Fully Meets Expectations"
Minimally Meets Expectations - at least 50% of assessments are at "Fully Meets Expectations", or all the assessments are at "Minimally Meets Expectations" or above.
Not Yet Within Expectations - less than 50% of assessments are at "Fully Meets Expectations".

Note:
1) teachers can designate assignments as "practice" assignments which don't count towards the overall grade.
2) simplegradebook enables teachers to use different language to express the same ideas as the above, so you may see different wording
3) teachers can override the overall grade that simplegradebook determines, so there may be exceptions to the above rules.
4) More information on the British Columbia Performance Standards can be found here:  https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/perf_stands/using.htm
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