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Date12/28/2018
TitleConfigure Grade Book in Classroom Management
Summary
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The following article is designed to walk a teacher through setting up the Grade Book in Classroom Management. Set how the assignments will be averaged when calculating the marking period average. Add one or more categories to group the assignments.

Prior To Implementation

Requires teacher access to Vision SIS.

The school's Vision SIS administrator must have configured the Grade Book and set Marking Period Dates in the new school year.

Resolution
Log into Vision SIS. 
Grade Book > Grade Book Setup > Averaging Method.
  1. Select a class to set up from the filter at the top of the screen.
  2. Select marking period average method used to compute the marking period average. This method applies for the entire year. Once the first marking period is closed you will not be able to change this method.
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  • By total points computes the marking period average based simply on the student’s points scored divided by the total points the assignments are worth regardless of the category.
  • By average of weighted category averages computes the average for each category and then weights those averages into a marking period average.
  1. Click Save
  2. Repeat for each class. 

Grade Book > Grade Book Setup > Set Up Categories (multiple courses). Use this operation to set the categories for one or more courses. Marking periods can have different categories and different weights such as a project that starts the second marking period and increases in weight during the school year.
  1. Select a class from the filter at the top of the screen.
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  1. Category Code. This is typically an abbreviation of the category name. It contains up to 5 characters. The code may be comprised of a letter (A through Z), in either upper or lower case, or a number (0 through 9). If more than 5 characters are entered or invalid characters, a warning is displayed and the invalid characters must be removed in order to continue. Category codes are stored in uppercase notation.
  2. Category Name. Enter the category name. This should be the full description, up to 50 characters.
  3. Marking Period check each marking period this category will apply to.
  4. Weight (%) This is available if By average of weighted category averages was selected for the averaging method. The category weight is the percentage of the term grade that one category is worth, relative to the other categories in the class. Suppose category A is worth twice that of category B. A weight of 50 would be appropriate for category A and a weight of 25 would be for category B. Weights of 2 and 1 would also be an appropriate weight selection. 
    • Use of percentages for category weights is preferred but not required. If category weights for a term total 100%, it is easier for parents, students, and teachers to understand how the term grade is calculated. The cumulative weight of all your categories for a given term cannot exceed 100%.
 
  1. Check to add category & Marking Period to course, uncheck to remove. If a class is unavailable for selection, the reason is given in parentheses. Weighted and Non-Weighted categories have to be set up separately.
  2. Click Add Category & Weight or Add Category. 
  3. Repeat for each category to be added and averaging method used. 

Grade Book > Grade Book Setup > Set Up Categories (this course only) to view or maintain the categories.
  1. Select a Class to set up from the filter at the top of the screen.
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  1. Category Code. This is typically an abbreviation of the category name. It contains up to 5 characters. The code may be comprised of a letter (A through Z), in either upper or lower case, or a number (0 through 9). If more than 5 characters are entered or invalid characters, a warning is displayed and the invalid characters must be removed in order to continue. Category codes are stored in uppercase notation.
  2. Category Name. Enter the category name. This should be the full description, up to 50 characters.
  3. Marking Period check each marking period this category will apply to.
  4. Weight (%)
  5. This is available if By average of weighted category averages was selected for the averaging method. The category weight is the percentage of the term grade that one category is worth, relative to the other categories in the class. Suppose category A is worth twice that of category B. A weight of 50 would be appropriate for category A and a weight of 25 would be for category B. Weights of 2 and 1 would also be an appropriate weight selection. 
    • Use of percentages for category weights is preferred but not required. If category weights for a term total 100%, it is easier for parents, students, and teachers to understand how the term grade is calculated. The cumulative weight of all your categories for a given term cannot exceed 100%.
  6. Click Add Category or Add Category & Weight.
  7. Repeat for each category to be added and averaging method used.
  8. View/Edit existing categories at the bottom of the screen.
Weighted Categories:
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  • Select the Marking Period to edit and see the current Total weight. This cannot exceed 100% for any one marking period.
Total Points Categories:
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  • Shows all open or future marking period categories. 
  1. Click Edit to modify. All fields can be edited. Click Update to save changes or Cancel to not save changes.
  2.  Click Delete to remove a category and ALL assignments created for them and ALL student assignment scores entered.
  • This CANNOT be undone.
Additional Information

None.

Applies to VersionsVision SIS V1.0 and later.
Key WordsClassroom Management, Teacher Portal, Grade Book, Averaging Method, Category, Categories, Total Points, Weighted Categories.

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