Tab: TERM Calc Scheme

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DashboardSel_TermCalc

 

 

TERM Calc Scheme controls calculation of the Term grade.  If desired (though usually not!), each Term may have its own completely unique Calculation Scheme, including  choice of Grading Algorithm.  Initial settings are controlled by the default Grading Algorithm setting in Teacher Profile as well as Code and Category settings in Teacher Grading.  These settings can all be customized for the viewed Term without affecting collected data, making this Tab ideal for "what if" experimentation when deciding a suitable Calc Scheme.  However, since Calc Scheme settings can significantly affect the Term grade calculation, it is advisable that once any Reports are distributed to students/parents/guardians, the settings should remain the same for the remainder of the Term.

 

 

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Choice of a Grading Algorithm — Not Urgent!

The design of  Grades2Go™ makes it unnecessary to commit to a Grading Algorithm at the beginning of a school year or Term.  The Grading Algorithm Indicator/Button can be used at any time to experiment with "what if" scenarios before making a final choice.  However, a choice should be made before sending out any Progress Reports to students and parents/guardians and maintained for the rest of the Term.

 

 

Depending on the Grading Algorithm in effect (see Grading Alg'thm Panel as well as Grading Algorithm Indicator/Button), the data grid takes on a slightly different appearance.  A complete description of the Codes and Categories Data Grids and Controls appears after the images.

 

 

Screenshots

 

WO Algorithm (Weights Only)

DashboardTab_TermCalcWO

 

 

WC Algorithm (Weights within Categories)

DashboardTab_TermCalcWC

 

 

PC Algorithm (Points within Categories)

DashboardTab_TermCalcPC

 

 

Codes Data Grid (WO/WC/PC)

 

Column

Data Description

 

(double-clicking any row opens the Term Code Editor; equivalent to Code Button)

Code

Task Codes used in the viewed Term

Note: if a Code appears in red, it was removed from Teacher Task Codes after the Section was first created; an alert appears at the top of the grid (see Alerts below); calculations are not affected, but Code must be added to Teacher Task Codes to remove the alert

Type of Task

common name of the Task Code (same Note as for Code, above)

#

number of Tasks of this Code that are used in the viewed Term (includes Extra Credit types)

Wgt Ea

the weight assigned to each Task of this Code type (WO/WC)

Tot Points

the sum total of maximum achievable points for all Tasks of this Code type (PC only); achievable points for BONUS tasks are not included

Eff Wgt%

the percentage portion of the entire Term grade (Effective Weight) attributable to this Task Code; includes all Extra Credit Tasks except BONUS types; column must total 100% for credible grade calculations (but in WC/PC will be less until Tasks are graded in all Categories - see Alerts)

Category

the Category into which Tasks of this Code type are grouped (WC/PC)

 

 

Categories Data Grid (WC/PC)

 

Column

Data Description

 

(double-clicking any row opens the Term Category Weight Editor; equivalent to pushing Cat Button)

Category

Categories which make up the Term grade in WC and PC Algorithms

Note: if a Category appears in red, it was removed from Teacher Task Categories after the Section was first created; an alert appears at the top of the grid (see image below); calculations are not affected, but Category must be added to Teacher Task Categories to remove the alert

Includes

the Task Codes that currently make up each Category's grade

Weight%

the percentage weight of the Category in the overall Term grade; sum must total 100% for credible calculation of grades

Note: if sum is less than 100%, an alert appears in the Section Status area (see Alerts below) and in Communications Wizard, which cannot be initiated until sum=100%

 

 

Controls

 

Control

Function

ButtonOpen or ButtonPosted

Term status indicator showing whether Open (editing enabled) or Posted (further editing disabled); corresponds to checkmarks on Post

ReportButton

Report Button performs a Holes calculation and then creates a printable/emailable Section Term Tasks Report from info on the Task List; simultaneously shades Hole cells on TERM Grades for easy identification and correction

Edit Panel

controls for editing the Codes Grid and the Category Grid

Code Button

opens the Term Code Editor which allows the Code weights (WO/WC) and associated Category (WC/PC) to be adjusted for a highlighted Code on the Code Grid; equivalent action by double-clicking a Code line

Cat Button

opens the Term Categories Editor which allows the Category grid to be modified by adding/removing Categories and adjusting weights, for the displayed Term only or for all Terms; weight can also be quickly adjusted by double-clicking a Category line, which opens the Term Category Weight Editor

Calc Alg'thm Options

controls the Grading Algorithm applied to data in the viewed Term; when Dashboard is opened, the deault Argorithm (from Teacher Profile) is selected

WO

selects the WO Algorithm (Weights Only) and recalculates all data; if not the default, produces a red background for the Currently Viewed Term Panel and the Grading Algorithm Indicator/Button for the current Dashboard session

WC

selects the WC Algorithm (Weights within Categories) and recalculates all data; if not the default, produces a red background for the Currently Viewed Term Panel and the Grading Algorithm Indicator/Button for the current Dashboard session

PC

selects the PC Algorithm (Points within Categories) and recalculates all data; if not the default, produces a red background for the Currently Viewed Term Panel and the Grading Algorithm Indicator/Button for the current Dashboard session

Def Button

returns the Grading Algorithm to the Term Default selection

Set Button

sets the Term default Grading Algorithm to the one currently in effect

 

 

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