Non-Rubric Grade Categories

Add Non-Rubric Grade Categories for a Course

Applicable System Roles

System users with the following roles can do this:

  • Teacher

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Login to SchoolFront as a teacher.

2. Select Grade Categories from the left navigation menu.

grade categories

3. Choose the course from the list at the top of the screen, then select the marking period for which you would like to define grade categories from the drop-down menu.

marking period

4. Click the New Grade Category link.
Note: If you have defined grade categories for this course for a previous marking period and wish to reuse the same grade categories, click the Click Here link at the bottom of the Grade Category Management page.

add new or use existing categories from previous marking period

5. A form for defining the details of your new grade category will open below the Grade Category Management list.

fill in details

6. Fill in the details for your new grade category including:

Title - This is the name of the grade category. Examples include: Tests, Quizzes, Projects, Homework, Participation

Grade Percentage - This is the percentage of the student's grade that will be calculated using this particular grade category. When you are done defining grade categories for a course, the total of all percentages should equal %100 so that %100 of the student's final grade is defined.

Drop Lowest Grade - If you would like to drop the lowest grade in the grade category, check this box. For example, if you want the system to ignore students' lowest homework grades when calculating their final average, create a grade category for homework and check this box.

Weighted Coursework - If you would like to weight the different assignments you issue in this grade category, check this box.

Display Order - This is the order in which the category will display in your Grade Category Management list for the course--If there are only a few grade categories in the list, this won't make much difference because they'll all be easy to view, but if you create many categories for a single course, the list will require you to scroll to see all of the categories, so you may want to move your most important categories to the top of the list.

Background Color - In the gradebook section of SchoolFront, coursework will be color-coded by grade category for easy identification. This is the color that will display for all coursework you create in this grade category. Choose the color and then click the Done button.

fill in details

7. When you have filled in all of the details, click the Insert button to save the new grade category.

click the insert button

8. All of the grade categories that you create for the course will appear in the Grade Category Management list.
Note: Make sure that you define 100% of the course grade before you stop adding categories. A red error message will appear below the Grade Category Management list if you have not defined 100% or have gone over 100%.

ensure categories add up to %100 of the grade

9. Once you have added grade categories, you can add graded Coursework to the system.

10. Once you have added graded coursework to the system, you can begin capturing student grades for coursework in the Gradebook and the system will calculate student course averages using the Grade Categories you defined.

Example: This is what the Gradebook will look like once Grade Categories and Coursework have been defined by the teacher.

gradebook with categories and coursework


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