Traditional Grade Calculations

Use this page to define traditional grade calculations if you have been permitted to make adjustments to the calculations set by the district. Checkmarks indicate which aspects of the calculation formula you have permission to change.

  1. From the user menu, choose Settings and then choose Traditional Grade Calculation.
  2. Select the class, and then choose The pencil icon. for the specific term. A lock icon next to the class indicates that the term and all classes in the term are locked and the grade calculations cannot be modified. 
  3. On the Formula tab, select the calculation type, attribute, and weight. Use weight values that will make the values in the Percent columns add up to 100%. If enabled, you can set Specific Weights for standards as well. 
  4. Click the plus sign (+) to add a type. Select the minus sign (-) next to a type to remove it.
  5. To calculate the overall class grade using the formula, verify that Calculate Overall Class Grade is checked.
  6. On the Drop Scores tab, select which lows scores to drop from the calculation.
  7. Click Save.

Specific Weights for Standards

You can define specific weights for standards grades if the administrator has enabled security permissions for you do do so.

If the Specific Weights attribute is selected for Standards Weighting, the Specific Weights tab displays the weights that are applied to the selected formula. The tab displays the course's standards, the weighting of the standard, and the percentage of the standards grade based on the weight entered. You can clear all of the weight values, or select Revert to Default to automatically enter the weight values set by the district.

Copy Traditional Grade Calculations

You can use the Copy Traditional Grade Calculation function to copy the grade calculation from a specific reporting term or from a class.
Here are some things to keep in mind when copying the final grade calculations:

  • A co-teacher can copy traditional grade calculations only when a lead teacher is the same for the source and target classes.
  • You can copy a reporting terms one or more reporting terms in the same class, with one exception. If the source reporting term uses term weighting, then the target reporting term must have the same place in the reporting term hierarchy.
  • You cannot copy to reporting terms of the previous year's classes.
  • You cannot copy traditional grade calculations from PowerTeacher Gradebook.
  • You can copy grade calculations within a class, or to other classes.
  1. On the Traditional Grade Calculations page, select the gear  and choose Copy Traditional Grade Calculations.
  2. Select one of the copy options:
    • Within a Class to copy the calculations to other reporting terms in the same class. For example, if you use category weighting, you can set it up once, and copy it to all other terms in the same class.Select the source class and reporting terms, and the target reporting terms from the menus provided. By default, the Recalculate Final Grades checkbox is selected. Deselect the checkbox if you do not want the recalculation to occur.
      The Copy Traditional Grade Calculations window is open and the option to copy Within a Class has been selected.
    • To Another Class to copy the calculations to other classes. For example, if you have 20 art classes, you can set up one class, then copy to every other class.Select the source and target class and reporting term from the menus provided. By default, the Recalculate Final Grades checkbox is selected. Deselect the checkbox if you do not want the recalculation to occur.
      The Copy Traditional Grade Calculations window is open and the option to copy To Another Class has been selected.
  3. Click Validate. A Summary screen displays which calculations and dropped scores settings will be copied. Note: If Drop Low Sores has been configured for the calculation, they will only be copied if the calculation itself can be copied. If any reporting terms cannot be copied, an explanation is provided in the Info column.
  4. Click Copy. The calculations are copied to the specified target classes and terms.

Copying Dissimilar Reporting Term Structures

When you attempt to copy classes that have dissimilar reporting term structures, you can successfully copy the calculations in the following two scenarios:

  • Any reporting terms with the same name and structure are pre-matched. For example: If you attempt to copy a Y1 class that has lower-lever reporting terms of S1, Q1, Q2 S2 Q3 Q4 into an S1 class with lower-level reporting terms S1, Q1, Q2 only, any reporting terms with the same name will be pre-matched automatically. It is assumed that you want the S1, Q1 and Q2 from the Y1 class to go to those same reporting terms in the S1 class.
  • If no name matches are available, then PowerTeacher Pro looks for a structure match. For example, copying S1 (with lower-level terms Q1 and Q2) into S2 (with lower-level terms Q3 and Q4) is a perfect structure match. Both have one higher-level term and two lower-level terms.