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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 - either all assessments are at "Fully Meets Expectations" or the number of assessments that are at "Fully Meets Expectations" is at least the minimum number defined by the teacher.
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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Report a Bug / Re: Register for an account
« Last post by TimDaniel on September 03, 2016, 02:25:53 PM »
Hi!

Thanks for reporting this bug.  The service provider moved the website to a new server which had a different mysql database configuration.  This caused some unexpected database access issues that went undetected for a few days. 

Please try again and let me know if there are still problems.  Sorry for the inconvenience!

Tim
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Report a Bug / Register for an account
« Last post by bboyko on August 30, 2016, 03:52:00 PM »
Hello Tim

When I tried to register for a teacher account to try your grade book I received an SQL error.  Two ties resulted in the same error below

Warning: mysqli_errno() expects exactly 1 parameter, 0 given in /home/dash34/public_html/gradebook/login.php on line 270

Warning: mysqli_error() expects exactly 1 parameter, 0 given in /home/dash34/public_html/gradebook/login.php on line 270
A MySQL error has occurred.
Your Query: INSERT INTO users (personal data removed here')
Error: ()
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FAQ / Why Does a Student Grade Not Change When I Enter a Zero for an Assignment?
« Last post by TimDaniel on April 29, 2016, 01:51:51 PM »
There is a circumstance where this can occur.  If there is an assignment category that has assignments in it, but the student has not yet achieved any marks for any assignments in that category, their mark will not change when a grade of zero is entered for a subsequent assignment in that category.
 
For example, suppose your class has two categories, Assignments and Portfolio, each worth 50%.  While there are no assignments in the Portfolio category, the mark will be calculated out of 100% for the Assignments category.  However, as soon as at least one assignment is entered in the Portfolio category, the category now is worth 50% of the total mark and the student's grade will include the marks in that category. 

In this situation, the student mark will change if a zero is entered in the Portfolio category.  However, PUTTING IN A ZERO FOR A SECOND ASSIGNMENT in that category will not change the mark - the student has no marks in the category, and an additional zero does not change that.

Note that if all the assignments in that category are excused (left blank, or "exc" is entered), the mark will once again be based on the other categories only.
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The best way to do this is for the parent to create a simplegradebook parent account on behalf of the tutor, and enter the secret code for the student to access the grade information.  Then provide the account login and password to the tutor.  When the tutor's work is completed, simply change the password to the account or delete it.

For example, create a simplegradebook account with the login "sallystutor".  Enter the secret code.  Provide the login "sallystutor" and the account password to the tutor.

Note that the tutor will be able to see the student's grades in all courses.
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