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Overview - Grades

Grades allow you to capture student performance on each assignment and assessment.

You can add score weighting to your grades, and define different types of assignments and assignments, such as quizzes, exams, homework, projects, etc. each with their own score weight percentage. You can also define and track performance on standards, to measure if your students are meeting standards-based learning targets.

Grade Periods

Grade Periods allow you to divide the school year to match your school or district calendar. Student grades can then be calculated for each individual term (quarters, semesters, trimesters, etc.) as well as a yearly summary grade.

Your school and district can also define grade periods for teachers. Grade periods created by a school or district administrator will automatically be available for teachers to use in their plans.

Grade Scales

Grade Scales allow you to define letter grades for student performance. You can include as many letter grades as needed.

Your school and district can also define grade scales for teachers. Grade scales created by a school or district administrator will automatically be available for teachers to use in their plans.

Score Weighting

Score Weighting is optional, and allows you to take your classwork to an extra level of specificity. For both assignments and assessments, you can define categories or types for each. For example, your assignments may be either projects or homework types, and your assessments may be either quizzes or exams types.

Once your categories are created, you then assign a weight percentage to each, which will be used when computing an overall grade for each student. The total weight will equal 100 percent, and may look something like this:

  • Homework = 10%
  • Projects = 20%
  • Quiz = 30%
  • Exam = 40%
Score weights can be created for all classes and/or for each individual class.

Standards Based Performance

You can also use Planbook to track and measure student performance on learning standards. When standards are added to classwork (assignment or assessment), they will automatically be included on your Grades Page. This will allow you to assign each student an achievement level on each standard.

The achievement levels are defined by the teacher, and can be the same for all classes and/or unique to each class. Your standard achievement levels may look something like this:

Learning Standards:
  • E = Exceeds standard
  • M = Meets standard
  • D = Does not meet

Individual Grade Notes

To capture additional information for your students, you can also include notes for a student on each individual classwork score and standard achievement level. This will allow you to add context to each score (e.g. "Thomas had a cold this week") and can be used to facilitate review and remediation plans, to add specificity to parent-teacher meetings, etc.

Teacher Grades Summary

In addition to the online version you will have on the Grades Page, you can also choose to create a Grade Summary PDF for each class you teach, or to export all of your grades to a CSV file (spreadsheet format). You can also select the grading periods to include the grades summary, as well as the items (Attendance, Assignments, Assessments, Standards)

Student Performance Reports

Student Performance Reports allow you to create a PDF for each of your students, and can serve as a report card for each grading period. Performance reports can include student attendance, a detailed listing of all assignments, assessments and standards achievement, and any specific notes added for each student.

School administrators can also generate student performance reports, and include grades from all teachers for each student.

Student Access

If students are given access to Planbook via an individual student account, and teachers allow students to view grades, then they will be able to view their grades online at any time. Grades will be available immediately after being entered by a teacher, and students can also create performance report PDFs as needed.

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