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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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How Do I For Parents/Students / How Do I Add Another Student to My Parent Account?
« Last post by TimDaniel on September 16, 2016, 02:19:06 PM »
Parents can monitor many students.  To add another student, just go to the Classes tab, and click "Add or Edit Classes".  You will see the display below:



Obtain a secret code for the new student from the teacher or from the student (they should have been given one by their teacher).  Enter the new secret code and the student will be added to your account.

Please note - this only works for parent accounts. 
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