FAQ



Category: Gradebook


How do I record grades in GradeBook ?
How do I change my 'weighting' in the 2nd quarter without changing the 1st quarter weighting also?
I just finished entering grades for an event but I can't find the event. Where should I look ?
On the grade scale viewable in GradeBook, what is the meaning of click %?
How do I filter by event?
How do I edit an event in GradeBook ?
When creating a new event in GradeBook, what are the 'Status' Options?
What is the purpose of the 'Create_Copies' function?
What are the Grading Calc Options in my grade book?
What does the red line in my grade boxes mean?
How can I add a note to a grade in my GradeBook?
Why can't I see my grade book after selecting a course and clicking 'GradeBook Input'?
Why does my grade book open up in a new internet window/tab?


How do I record grades in GradeBook ?
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Go to Grades, select a course from the drop down list, click GradeBook Input, click the link Create A New Event in the top menu, complete the fields, click Create. The event will appear below. In the grade fields, type the numerical value/letter grade, click Save Changes. Important: If you just created a new event and can not find it, make sure the date you entered for the event matches the Quarter/Trimester that you are viewing in your GradeBook. If the date falls in the range for a different Quarter/Trimester, then you will have to change to that Quarter/Trimester to view and edit the event.

How do I change my 'weighting' in the 2nd quarter without changing the 1st quarter weighting also?
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You cannot change the 2nd quarter weighting without changing the 1st quarter weighting in your GradeBook. This change will NOT affect the grades that were imported onto Report Cards, but it will affect the grades in your 1st quarter GradeBook.

I just finished entering grades for an event but I can't find the event. Where should I look ?
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If you have created an event and are unable to find it, more than likely the event has been placed in a
different grading period other than the one you are currently viewing. The date of the event will default
to the current date if left unchanged by the teacher (See image #1). Please confirm the date you used
when creating the event matches the date range for that particular Quarter/Trimester you are viewing.
Note: To view events in a different Quarter/Trimester you must first change the filter to the desired
Quarter/Trimester (See image #2).




Some additional ways to search for and display your events can be found by clicking on 'Preferences'
in the top right hand menu in your GradeBook.  The first tab is for 'Display Options' and provides
several options for how you would like your GradeBook events to be displayed.

On the grade scale viewable in GradeBook, what is the meaning of click %?
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The click % or click value is a numeric equivalent of a letter grade (ie. A=100; B=90) and is used two ways: One is in GradeBook when a teacher gives letter grades for scores on events. The other is when the Report Card has had letter grades imported for each grading period and has to average a Final/Semester grade. The click % provides the system a way of calculating a letter grade by giving it an exact numeric value. Note: The click value is NOT the maximum or minimum value for a letter score's range when you are viewing the table display for the Scale in Use.

How do I filter by event?
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In GradeBook directly above the roster of student names is a drop down for Category. Change the drop-down from All Event Types to the Event Type you wish to view. After making a selection, the system will automatically refresh to display only those events you selected.

How do I edit an event in GradeBook ?
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Once an event has been created, move your cursor over the event name and click it (the event name should become underlined when you move the cursor over it). Make any changes to the event and click Change.

When creating a new event in GradeBook, what are the 'Status' Options?
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The Status Options allow you to specify the weight of the event. The event will always be set as default to "Normal." The other options are as follows: The event could be offered as "Extra Credit," where any scores entered will only add to the student's total average. A student with nothing entered will not be harmed. The "Can be dropped" setting allows the scores from the specific event to be dropped, once the box next to the score is checked and the "Update all" button is clicked. If the event will not be taken for a grade, the "Not for grade" setting is available. The last option available is "Event Multiplier." This setting allows the new event to be counted double or more in the final computation of grades in GradeBook. After choosing "Event Multiplier" you must then enter a number in the box entitled "multiplier" (to count double, enter 2 and so on).

What is the purpose of the 'Create_Copies' function?
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In order to save time, this function allows a teacher to create multiple copies of an event, so that the teacher is able to just edit the title of an event (and various other options) instead of creating each event individually.  



Here is how you create multiple copies of an event, once you are in your gradebook:









You should then have multiple events created in your GradeBook.






What are the Grading Calc Options in my grade book?
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The Grading Cal Options in your grade book contain the following information and settings:

Grade Scale: The scale displayed is the scale that has been applied to this specific grade book.  If the displayed scale is incorrect, contact your administrator to have it fixed.
Weighting Scheme: The weighting schemes are the 4 different ways your grade book can be calculated.  To select or change a weighting scheme, click the button of the weighting scheme you would like and the system will refresh automatically with the change.
User Defined Category Weights: Every grade book has categories for the events you create which will help you to organize your grade book, as well as help the system determine how to average final grades.  If you have chosen 'Category Weighting' as your weighting scheme, then you will want to make sure and set the weights for each category.


What does the red line in my grade boxes mean?
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The red line that appears in a grade box is there to help notify a teacher of a missing grade.



How can I add a note to a grade in my GradeBook?
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Here are the steps to adding notes to specific grades in your GradeBook events:

Step #1:


Step #2:


Why can't I see my grade book after selecting a course and clicking 'GradeBook Input'?
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When a course (curriculum) is selected and a teacher clicks 'GradeBook Input', that teacher's grade book will open in a new internet window/tab.

If you select a course and click 'GradeBook Input' and a new window/tab does not open up, it could be because:
1.) You had previously opened up this grade book and the window was minimized
2.) You had previously opened up this grade book and the window is behind other opened window/tabs on your computer
For either of these scenarios, you want to look for a window/tab that has been titled '(your school name) GradeBook / ReportCard'

Here are some of the advantages to having a grade book appear in a separate window/tab:
1.) The original internet window/tab will still be open which allows a user to explore other functions in FastDirect, such as messaging, while still creating events or entering grades etc.
2.) A teacher will be able to create events, input grades or check grades for more than one course at a time.
3.) Viewing multiple grade books at one time can be helpful when comparing course curriculum between several courses, such as two Science classes for grade 7.

Why does my grade book open up in a new internet window/tab?
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When a course (curriculum) is selected and a teacher clicks 'GradeBook Input', that teacher's grade book will open in a new internet window/tab.  Here are some of the advantages to having a grade book appear in a separate window/tab:
1.) The original internet window/tab will still be open which allows a user to explore other functions in FastDirect, such as messaging, while still creating events or entering grades etc.
2.) A teacher will be able to create events, input grades or check grades for more than one course at a time.
3.) Viewing multiple grade books at one time can be helpful when comparing course curriculum between several courses, such as two Science classes for grade 7.

If you select a course and click 'GradeBook Input' and a new window/tab does not open up, it could be because:
1.) You had previously opened up this grade book and the window was minimized
2.) You had previously opened up this grade book and the window is behind other opened window/tabs on your computer
For either of these scenarios, you want to look for a window/tab that has been titled '(your school name) GradeBook / ReportCard'