1. Make sure all appropriate course sections have Grade Plans assigned, using either of the following:
a. MMSGE>School>Edit Course Sections
b. Staff Portal>School Management>Edit Course Sections
2. On August 1st, the MMS Portals will automatically start accessing the upcoming school year. If you are setting up the Grade Book prior to August 1st,
you must first set the portals to look at the new school year:
a. In the Admin Portal, go to Site Admin>Admin Functions>Override School Year
b. Select the upcoming school year from the Select School Year list and click Override.
As you proceed through the following steps, make sure the School Year in the Portal is set to the new school year.
3. Go to Admin Portal>Grade Book>Setup Functions>Configure MMS Grade Book and make the following selections:
a. Default Grade Scale: Choose Numeric or Letter grades.
**Even if you display Letter Grades on report cards and transcripts, you will probably choose to set the Grade Book to Numeric Grades,
so that semester and final averages are more precise. The MMS report cards and transcripts have options that let you display the equivalent
Letter Grades for the Numeric Grades that are calculated in the Grade Book.
b. Default Grade Point Value Group: Choose the Grade Group from MMSGE that contains the grades (and Letter Equivalents, if appropriate) you
want to use in the Grade Book.
c. For Linked Sections in the Parent/Student Portal: Indicate if you want linked sections (such as a science class that has an additional lab period)
to display One Line or All Lines for parents and students.
d. For Linked Sections in the Staff Portal: Indicate if you want linked sections (such as a science class that has an additional lab period) to display
One Line or All Lines for staff members.
e. Enable Standards Grading for Grade Book: Choose Yes if you want teachers to be able to associate Standards/skills with assignments and grade
students on those Standards/skills.
f. Enable Competency-Based Grading: Choose Yes if you want students' course grades to be based on their competency averages.
g. Suppress Display of Numeric-Equivalent Grade: If you set the Grade Book to Letter Grades, parents and students will see both the numeric
average and letter grades for classes when they view them through the portals. Choose Yes if you want only the Letter Grade to display to parents
h. Make your selections regarding the Progress Reports:
* Include teacher term notes
* Include Standards/Competency/skills marking period averages
* Includes Standards/Competency/skills assignment scores
4. Once you have made your selections, click Save Settings.
a. You will receive a message asking if you want these settings to 'overwrite courses that have previously recorded settings as well'.
b. Click Overwrite if you want to update all of your courses with the Grade Scale and Grade Point Value Group values you chose.
c. Typically, you select Overwrite at the beginning of the school year. You can then go to Staff Portal>Manage>Edit Course Catalog and change
the Grade Scale and/or Grade Point Value Group for any individual courses as necessary.