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80/20 Grade Book Set Up

Step 1: Identify Date Ranges For Grade Books

The following tables provide the date ranges that should be used when creating the Semester Grade Book:

SEMESTER ONE: FALL 2017

Grade Book

80/20

Start

End

Course Name =

"Semester 1 Grades"

or

"Fall '17 Gradebook"

etc.

8/16/17

12/22/17

 

SEMESTER TWO: SPRING 2018

Grade Book

80/20

Start

End

Course Name =

"Semester 2 Grades"

or

"Spring '18 Gradebook"

etc.

 

1/17/18

6/8/18

Grade Book Option 1: Categories Without Weights

 

Con: Extra Steps In Calculating Final Exam Grades

 

UNWEIGHTED Gradebook:

This is the easiest gradebook to set up and use, but will require extra steps when calculating Final Exam grades.  

 

To use this gradebook, simply enter grades normally throughout the semester using desired assignment point totals and categories.

At the end of the semester, you will need to identify the total points possible for the course.  
To find the total points possible for a class:

  1. Open the desired gradebook.  

  2. Click the menu tab titled “published grades” or “all grades

  3. The fourth column titled “Points:” will be the total points each student has earned out of the total points possible.  

  4. Take the number of possible points (the bottom number) and divide that by 4.  

  5. Create an assignment for your final exam using this value as the total points possible.

If your final exam is equal to the number generated from step #4 above, you are done.

If your final exam is NOT equal to the number generated from step #4 above, you will need to either:

a. Multiply the % earned on the final exam FOR EACH STUDENT by the number generated from step #4 above, and enter the correct number of points for each student.

b. Follow the School Loop Scaling Directions in order for School Loop to perform the scaling for you.

Grade Book Option 2: Weights Without Categories

 

Con: No Differentiation Of Categories Other Than: "Assignment" & "Final Exam"

 

Unweighted Gradebook with the Final Exam WEIGHTED in:

This gradebook takes a few more steps to set up initially, but will require fewer steps at the end of the semester when setting up the final exam.

 

The drawback is that all assignments (Until the Final Exam) throughout the semester will need to fall into the same category.
In other words, if you like to use categories such as: "Homework", "Quizzes", "Tests", "Labs", etc. this is NOT the gradebook for you.

 

To use this gradebook, set up a weighted gradebook:

  1. Click the drop-down menu titled “Gradebooks in the upper right of your portal.

  2. Choose “Add/Edit Gradebook for the desired class.

  3. Click the button titled  “Add New Gradebook.

  4. Enter a name for your gradebook in the empty field titled “Gradebook Name.

  5. At the bottom of the screen choose Set Start Date.

  6. At the bottom of the screen choose Set End Date.

  7. Click the button titled “Submit.
    PERFORM THE FOLLOWING AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER (AT THE FINAL EXAM):

  8. Click “Settings” in the upper right.

  9. Click the name of your newly created gradebook within the section titled “Select A Gradebook”.

  10. Click the button titled “Go” within the section titled “Weighting”.

  11. Click the button titled “Yes” within the section titled “Use Weighting”.

  12. Enter “20” in the Final Exam box.  Enter “80” in the Assignment box.  
    ONCE AGAIN: EACH assignment throughout the semester (Until the Final Exam) will need to be listed in the same generic category such as "Assignments".

Click the button titled “Submit.

Grade Book Option 3: Weighted Categories

 

Con: The Most Number Of Steps To Set Up The Gradebook

 

WEIGHTED Gradebook with the Final Exam WEIGHTED in:

This gradebook takes the most effort to set up initially, but will require fewer steps at the end of the semester when setting up the final exam, AND it allows users to weight categories during the semester!

 

This gradebook accurately weights the categories throughout the semester and will calculate the semester grade using the 80/20 standard.  

 

NOTE: You will need to alter the percentages listed for each category to make this work in an 80/20 scenario.  

Assuming the final exam will be 20% (.2) of the overall grade, multiply the percentage you would like to use for each category by 0.8 (80%) and enter these as the category weights.  


For example if you would like your grade book to be 50% tests, 30% quizzes and 20% homework, use:

    Tests:        50% * 0.8 = 40%

    Quizzes:      30% * 0.8 = 24%

    Homework:      20% * 0.8 = 16%

 

To use this gradebook, set up a weighted gradebook:

  1. Click the drop-down menu titled “Gradebooks in the upper right of your portal.

  2. Choose “Add/Edit Gradebook for the desired class.

  3. Click the button titled  “Add New Gradebook.

  4. Enter a name for your gradebook in the empty field titled “Gradebook Name.

  5. At the bottom of the screen choose Set Start Date.

  6. At the bottom of the screen choose Set End Date.

  7. Click the button titled “Submit.

  8. Click “Settings” in the upper right.

  9. Click the name of your newly created gradebook within the section titled “Select A Gradebook”.

  10. Click the button titled “Go” within the section titled “Weighting”.
  11. Add the percentages calculated above.
  12. The last step is to make sure that the category titled "Final Exam" is weighted 20%.

At the end of the semester, you will create an assignment titled "Final Exam" and choose the category "Final Exam".

School Loop will then calculate the Final Exam as 20% of the overall Semester Grade.