There are 5 Steps to Set-up Your Gradebook
1. Teacher Preferences
2. Class Options
3. Grading Scale
4. Assignment Categories
5. Scoring Options
The handout at the right includes these five steps. You can also find information about each step below.
Step 1: Teacher Preferences
Teacher preferences will define what miStar Grade book looks like when you log-in. It also defines some default settings that tell MiStar Grade book how to function. Your Teacher Preferences automatically apply to all of your classes.
Step 2: Class Options
Class options define how your gradebook will calculate grades in your class. They also define what information is displayed in the Parent and Student modules.
Although you must set class options for each of your classes, you may apply your settings to all classes at one time.
There are some important settings here. If you weigh your grades, make sure you select "percent calculation".
This is also where you come to change which marking period is being displayed in Parent & Student Connect. I recommend waiting until report cards go home, before switching to the next marking period.
Step 3: Grading Scales
Since our school board policy defines our grading scale for us, you don't have a lot to set up here. You can just select the default grading scale.
You will need to set up a grading scale for both your academic grades, and your exam grades.
Like the class options, you can apply the set-up to all of your classes at one time.
Step 4: Assignment Categories
All teachers must set up at least two categories: one for academic assignments and one for the exam.
I suggest using more categories to help identify areas of student strength and weakness.
If you weigh your grades, this is the step in which you set-up your weights.
Like the class options and grading scales, you can apply the set-up to all of your classes at one time.
Step 5: Scoring Options
This step in the setup allows teachers to set scoring options for different situations.
This is the step where you will set up the code to excuse a student from having to complete an assignment.
You can also specify options for late submission, absent etc.