Grading Guidelines<br />Dr. Fran Stephens<br />Dr. Jody Woodrum<br />Contact for assistance:  Teresa Phillips<br />By Pres...
Grading Guideline #1:  <br />Enter grades on a weekly basis to increase communication <br />(Don’t wait until grades are d...
Helps parents stay abreast of how their child is performing throughout the term. (We are getting complaints from parents.)
SpEd case managers are kept informed in a timely manner about students on their case load and can support those students a...
Missing/Failing Assignments Reports are sent in a timely manner throughout the 9 weeks instead of all at once to parents a...
Grading Guideline #2:  <br />Don’t leave scores blank in the grade book. <br />Mark assignments as Excused, Missing, etc. ...
Blank scores show up in the Parent Portal on <br />the student’s To Do List  as past due.<br />
Grading Guideline #3:  <br />Enter assignments in ahead of time.  When parents & students know what grades will be taken, ...
Grading Guideline #4:  <br />Be sure that the due date for each assignment is correct.  <br /><ul><li>Prevents assignments...
Grading Guideline #5:  <br />Be sure to enter a name for each assignment that will help parents and students know what is ...
Grading Guideline #6:  <br />Points Possible should not be more than 100 if you are awarding bonus points.<br />Note that ...
Grading Guideline #7:  <br />Utilize comments when possible.<br /><ul><li>Communicate more information to parents
Serves as reminders for the teacher  (documentation)</li></ul>Lowest grade dropped<br />
How to drop the lowest grade:<br />1.  Lesson Planner > click on the current term and then task group (T4 Report Card, Tes...
Grading Guideline #8:  <br />Are there enough grades for the subject?<br />Remember you can grade smaller steps within the...
Grading Guideline #9:  <br />Would dropping the lowest grade help students’ averages to be a better indication of their cl...
School Notices can be entered on the Parent Portal by registrar/data clerk or principal.<br />1. User Communication > User...
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  1. 1. Grading Guidelines<br />Dr. Fran Stephens<br />Dr. Jody Woodrum<br />Contact for assistance: Teresa Phillips<br />By PresenterMedia.com<br />
  2. 2. Grading Guideline #1: <br />Enter grades on a weekly basis to increase communication <br />(Don’t wait until grades are due every 4 ½ weeks to post.)<br /><ul><li>Helps determine if there’s a problem with a teacher’s grade book and allows IT department to correct issues in a timely manner.
  3. 3. Helps parents stay abreast of how their child is performing throughout the term. (We are getting complaints from parents.)
  4. 4. SpEd case managers are kept informed in a timely manner about students on their case load and can support those students as needed.
  5. 5. Missing/Failing Assignments Reports are sent in a timely manner throughout the 9 weeks instead of all at once to parents at the end of the grading term.</li></li></ul><li>Suggestions for Principals:<br />Run weekly report to track how well teachers are maintaining their grade books.<br />Grading & Standards > Reports > Grade Book Usage<br />Spot check by logging into a student’s account on the Parent Portal.<br />Username: 5 digit lunch number (12345)<br />Password: first & last initials and birthday mmddyy (sp080698)<br />
  6. 6. Grading Guideline #2: <br />Don’t leave scores blank in the grade book. <br />Mark assignments as Excused, Missing, etc. if there is no grade available for the student. <br />
  7. 7. Blank scores show up in the Parent Portal on <br />the student’s To Do List as past due.<br />
  8. 8. Grading Guideline #3: <br />Enter assignments in ahead of time. When parents & students know what grades will be taken, they are more likely to be prepared. <br />Suggestion: When teachers have completed lesson plans for the week, enter the assignments in the grade book. <br />Assignments show up in the Parent Portal on the Calendarand on the To Do List.<br />
  9. 9. Grading Guideline #4: <br />Be sure that the due date for each assignment is correct. <br /><ul><li>Prevents assignments from showing up in the Parent Portal on the calendar on a date that school is not in session. </li></ul>(If a teacher enters the grade on a Saturday and doesn’t change the due <br />date, it looks like the assignment was made for a Saturday.)<br /><ul><li>Allows the teacher to check the student’s </li></ul>attendance record and match it with assignments<br /> for that date.<br />*The due date defaults to the day the assignment is created and must be changed to the due date. <br />*In this example, parents did not know assignments were missing until the semester was over.<br />
  10. 10. Grading Guideline #5: <br />Be sure to enter a name for each assignment that will help parents and students know what is missing. <br />
  11. 11. Grading Guideline #6: <br />Points Possible should not be more than 100 if you are awarding bonus points.<br />Note that the % changes when the points possible is greater than 100. <br />It lowers the students’ grade on the assignment.<br />
  12. 12. Grading Guideline #7: <br />Utilize comments when possible.<br /><ul><li>Communicate more information to parents
  13. 13. Serves as reminders for the teacher (documentation)</li></ul>Lowest grade dropped<br />
  14. 14. How to drop the lowest grade:<br />1. Lesson Planner > click on the current term and then task group (T4 Report Card, Tests)<br />2. Check the box next to Drop Lowest Score <br />3. SAVE<br />*Note: This must be done for each class and each task group for which the lowest score should be dropped.<br />
  15. 15. Grading Guideline #8: <br />Are there enough grades for the subject?<br />Remember you can grade smaller steps within the process, not just the end product. If something is a culminating, standards-based project, enter multiple grades along the way. <br />Rule of thumb should be one grade per week per subject. An extra grade would allow the lowest one to be dropped.<br />
  16. 16. Grading Guideline #9: <br />Would dropping the lowest grade help students’ averages to be a better indication of their classroom performance? Or are you allowing students to redo work to show mastery (as in standards-based philosophy)? Consider one strategy or the other.<br />
  17. 17. School Notices can be entered on the Parent Portal by registrar/data clerk or principal.<br />1. User Communication > User Notices<br />2. New <br />3. Enter Start Date/End Date<br />4. Publish to Campus (teachers can view it)<br /> Publish to Portal (parents & students can <br /> view it)<br />Note that cutting and pasting is not recommended.<br />5. SAVE<br />
  18. 18. Messenger can be used by principal and/or teachers to send emails to parents.<br />Messenger > Message Designer<br />Create new templates & edit existing ones.<br />Messenger > Message Builder<br />Uses message templates and ad hoc filters to send messages.<br />Note: Directions for Teacher Messenger are location in FirstClass > Technology Center > Infinite Campus Resources > Teacher Messenger.<br />
  19. 19. Hide/Show Dropped StudentsInstruction > Admin > PreferencesUncheck Hide Dropped StudentsSAVE(Students will now show in grade book in red.)<br />
  20. 20. Summary<br />Questions?<br />Training?<br />Infinite Campus New Teacher Tools (June 2011)<br />Training will occur at each school at the beginning of the school year. It will help if grading guidelines are in place and agreed upon ahead of time.<br />

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