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Create an assignment that applies to only the students you select from a single class or multiple classes.
From the Create Assignment or Edit Assignment page, click Edit next to Class/Students .
Click the arrow next to a class to display students. Click the box next to a student to associate them with this assignment.
Repeat for each class and students you want associated to this assignment. A list of classes and the number of students you selected appears in the Class/Students section.
You can also select different due dates for each class. On the Create Assignment or Edit Assignment page, in the Scheduling section, click the edit button to assign due dates by class. Click Single Due Date to have the same due date used for all classes you associated with this assignment.
To score this assignment, click Go to Scoring on the bottom of the Edit Assignment page. The students you selected for this assignment appear. Hover the cursor over the icon next to the student name to view their class association. Enter the assignment scores .
You can also navigate to this view from the Assignments/Activities page by selecting All Classes from the Class Selector , then selecting the assignment.
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How do I create categories and assignments in PowerTeacher Pro Gradebook (PowerSchool)?
With the update to PS 10, teachers now have access to a gradebook that is easily navigated on more devices (tablets, laptops, phones – both Android and OSX) and has the feel of an application without the need to install and update Java.
Teachers may log in to the teacher portal using the URL provided by school administrators, and view a screen that looks like the following. The gradebook may be accessed by selecting either PowerTeacher Pro from the Navigation menu, or by selecting PowerTeacher Pro from beneath their course listing.
Additional information related to the Teacher portal home screen/Start Page
A guide to the icons:
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- Backpack: Student list by course which includes: demographic data, schedule for each student, log entries, etc.
- Printer: List of available reports to teachers
The PT Pro Welcome Screen appears and provides a quick overview of the new interface.
The A+ Grading screen is where teachers locate assignments, the scoresheet (traditional gradebook), view and create categories, view traditional and standards grades, view reporting terms, category totals (if applicable) and create/verify teacher comments at the end of a grading term.
Categories: Review, Modify and/or Create
PT Pro has an amazing new feature that allows Categories to be created at the School/District level in PowerSchool to save teachers time in setting up the gradebooks, and it allows for alignment across grade level teams, or even schoolwide.
Additionally, teachers now have the ability to make categories inactive if the teacher chooses to no longer utilize that category!
To view the categories that are available to the school, Select A+Grading > Categories.
Some categories may be edited, others may not. Discuss these options with the School Administration Team.
To create a new category, select the +Create at the top of the PT Pro window. The sample below shows how to create a Project category.
- Select the class or classes to assign the category
- Select a name and color
- Make the category active/inactive
- Modify the description as needed.
- Assignment Defaults may also be created, if an assignment is created in this category, select default point values, etc.
- Will this count toward a final grade? Default = yes.
Categories weights may be determined here. If one category is worth more than another, the category may be set to a value that doubles or triples the weight.
To make them equal, enter 1 in each category weight that determines the final grade. To double the weight, make the category a weight of 2.
Category weights and usage should be planned out before the assignments are created at the beginning of the year. Modifications may occur within the year, but to mitigate any calculation risk, set the categories before grades are entered. You will be required to recalculate final grades after any such updates.
Example Category Options for Assignment Defaults
How to Create Assignments
Navigate to A+ Grading > Assignment List > +Create
PT Pro has continued the use of the “+” sign to indicate adding in a new feature (assignment, category, etc). By selecting Create , you may choose either Category or Assignment from the next menu.
Unlike the former PT Gradebook, PT Pro allows teachers to create assignments for one or more students, and to create the assignments for one or more classes at the same time. This is especially helpful to middle/high school teachers, and for those with combo classes/mixed grade levels.
Step 1: Assignment Tab
- Select the class or classes from the drop down menu for which you would like the assignment to be available.
- Assign a name, a category, and a score type for the assignment.
- From the Score section, provide a Score Entry Point value (total points for the assignment).
- Confirm that the assignment calculates into the final grade
- Provide a due date
- Select Save, or continue working on the next tab options for the assignment.
Step 2: Students Tab
- Default settings are for all students enrolled in the courses you have chosen in the previous step.
- By Selecting the “Add/Remove Students” secondary tab, you may select or de-select any students that should not have the assignment available to them.
Step 3: Standards Tab
For courses that have been provided school, state or common core standards, the Standards tab allows the teacher to choose from a list of standards that have been aligned to the course in PS.
- For standards-based grading only, choose the standards that should align to the assignment being created
Step 4: Publish Tab
On this tab, you may choose to publish (or not) the assignment for view in the student/parent portal. You may also choose when to publish the assignment.
- Unlike some gradebooks, publishing scores now will not negatively affect the students’ grades. Blanks are not calculated into final scores.
Options for Publishing include:
- Immediately – assignment is immediately visible on parent/student portal
- On a Specific Date – teachers choose the date
- Days Before a Due Date – teachers choose the number of days before the due date to release the assignment
- On Due Date – assignment will not be viewed until due date
- Never – never published to parent/student portal (could be the assignment’s intent is to collect field trip slips or to track benchmark assessments that do not impact the grade and will not be released publicly).
Step 5: Save
The assignment will be visible in the gradebook scoresheet immediately, and will be visible when reviewing student grades.
How to Duplicate an Assignment
Assignments may be duplicated after creation, to be included in another course, or within the same course.
Duplicating an assignment for another class
- Select the Assignment List, locate the assignment to be duplicated
- Click Duplicate at the bottom of the Edit window
- Open the Select Class menu, clear the check box next to the currently selected class and choose a different class for which the assignment should be available.
- Click outside of the Select Class menu to close it.
- Enter the assignment name, if it is different, and modify any category, score type, points, descriptions necessary.
- Select Save and close the edit window.
- Verify the assignment is located in the new class by choosing the new class in the navigation bar at the top of the page and review the assignment list.
- The assignment, with any modifications you made in step 5, will be included in the new class assignment list.
Duplicating an assignment for the current class
To save time, especially if an assignment is given multiple times during the term (i.e. Weekly Vocabulary Tests, Math Homework Quick Checks for Understanding), teachers may choose to create those assignments in advance by duplicating the original assignment.
- Modify the name, description, due date (Quiz 1 becomes Quiz 2; same category; same points)
- Repeat as needed.
- Review to ensure that the assignment has been duplicated with the new due date and names within your assignment list. Filter the assignments/search for assignments by category or simply scroll through the list to locate them.
For traditional grading in PT Pro, there are two very simple options: scoresheet where a teacher may grade more than one assignment at a time, or by opening a single assignment from the Assignment list.
The score inspector tool (see screenshot that follows), allows for entry on a tablet or phone, or using a traditional keyboard on a laptop/PC. Quick-fill options are still available, but more easily viewed on the score inspector tool that opens on the side of the screen.
Grades/Scores may be entered by directly typing into the assignment score column, or by using the Score Inspector tool.
The following may be easily inserted for each student using the tool:
- Assignment comments
- Letter grades/percentages/total points may be inserted
- Special Codes such as: Late, Absent, Collected, Incomplete, Exempt which show on the scoresheet as icons.
Helpful Tip: How to Auto-Fill Assignment Scores
For some assignments where teachers are tracking whether or not an assignment was collected (Ex. in the case of standards-based grading), PS has created a quick fill option which allows teachers to mark all students with the same score or icon.
Example: Auto-fill as “Collected”
- Mark all students that are late, or exempt, missing, or absent first.
- Then add one checkmark into the score row closest to the top of the student list.
- Select the down arrow on the score inspector to auto fill the remaining empty fields with the CO (or collected icon of a checkmark).
- All students with blank fields now have collected. Manually update any remaining students by deselecting the icon on the score inspector to remove the icon. Backspace and delete do not work. You must select/deselect the icon to enter or remove it.
Check back for future articles on Traditional and Standards Grade Analysis and Reports in PowerTeacher Pro.
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Creating and Publishing Assignments
At this point, you feel comfortable entering assignments and scoring them, but you’re beginning to wonder if there is more you can do with your assignments.
- Can you delay publishing Friday’s pop quiz?
- How can you add extra credit?
- Can you mark which students turned in their student contracts, but not include them in the final grade?
- How can you be more efficient when entering new assignments for all of your classes?
Scroll down to learn the answers to these questions.
How to Publish an Assignment
Watch this video demonstration to learn how to create and publish assignments.
Click the Play button to continue.
To begin creating a new assignment, click the Assignments tab on the PowerTeacher Gradebook main window.
On the Assignments tab, you can see a list of all the assignments you have created so far.
By default, the list of assignments is sorted by due date. However, if you want to sort the list by one of the other column headings, such as Name or Category, click the column heading.
You can enter assignments one at a time as they are due, or you can enter all assignments before the term starts. Unrecorded scores do not count in students’ final grade calculations, so you can add all of your assignments ahead of time without worrying about affecting students’ final grades.
The next assignment to enter in the gradebook is a pop quiz you plan to administer in a few weeks.
To add the new assignment, click the + sign beneath the list of assignments.
When the New Assignment pane opens in the lower half of the Assignments tab, enter the name of the assignment.
Next, select a category for the assignment. Choose Quiz .
Then, to record students’ scores using points, use the default selection of Points from the Score Type menu.
You want the quiz to be worth 15 points, but you also want to include 5 extra credit points. So, enter 15 in the Points Possible field and 5 in the Extra Points field.
Notice that the Max field now shows that students can earn a maximum of 20 points on the assignment. This means they can earn the 15 points possible, plus the 5 extra points.
Each assignment is given a weight that determines its value in the final grade calculation. The default weight value for all of the pre-defined assignment categories is 1. The system will multiply the scores for this assignment by 1 when calculating the final grade. To set up the assignment to be worth up to the maximum number of points, use the default value of 1 .
Next, enter the due date for the assignment. The default due date is today’s date. Click the Calendar icon and select the due date.
To include the quiz in students’ final grades, make sure Include in Final Grade is checked.
Next, enter a description for the assignment.
To add a website link to the description, click + link .
To add one of your own links, click My Content .
On the My Content window, select the name of the link you wish to add, then click OK .
You can see that the website link is added to your assignment description. When students and parents view the assignment in the Student and Parent Portals, they can click the link to learn more about the assignment topic.
Next, decide when you want to publish the assignment to the Student and Parent Portals. If you wanted to publish the assignment now, you would click Save without navigating to the Publish pane.
However, you want to delay the publication of this assignment because it is a pop quiz and you don’t want students to know about it ahead of time. So, click the Publish tab.
Open the Publish Assignment menu, and select On Specific Date .
Then enter the date you want the assignment published. Click the Calendar icon and select the day after the due date.
Scores for the Quiz category are published automatically to the Student and Parent Portals. Since you want students and parents to be able to view the scores for this quiz, make sure the Publish Scores check box is selected.
Click Save once the assignment information is complete.
Once saved, the new assignment appears in the list of assignments, but how can you tell if the publication date is delayed without checking the information under the Publish tab? The answer is on the Scoresheet.
Click the Scoresheet tab.
Notice the gray hourglass icon in the quiz assignment heading on the Scoresheet. This icon indicates that the assignment is not published yet.
When the video ends, click Next below to learn how to edit an assignment.
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Setting up grade syncing from canvas to powerschool.
NOTE: You have to do this for every new course. These settings are not copied when you copy a course.
Setup grades in PowerTeacher Pro
You’ve probably already done this, but it is a good time to check that your grades are setup correctly in PowerTeacher Pro. You can do that in PowerTeacher Pro by clicking on Settings and Traditional Grade Calculations. Click the arrow next to your class and verify that it looks like this for a semester long class –it should contain each of the reporting terms below and each reporting term should have the formula type shown. But if you have a hexamester class you should have H1 with Category Weighting.
Then click on the edit pencil and verify that the categories you want are present and in percentages that match the grading guidelines.
Make any changes as needed. Don’t forget to check out both quarters for a semester course. These are the categories that we will be syncing between Canvas and PowerSchool, so it’s important that they are setup the way you want. As long as you’re here, you might as well check your other courses as well.
Sync the PowerSchool categories in Canvas
In Canvas, select the course that you want to sync and choose Assignments from the course menu on the left. If your categories look like this then you’re done (notice the little arrow after formative):
But if they look like this then you should keep going:
To sync your Canvas categories with your PowerSchool categories, click on the vertical ellipse next to the blue +Assignments button and choose “Sync SIS Categories”.
For each of the Canvas categories that you want to sync to PowerSchool (NOTE that you do not have to sync all of your Canvas categories; you might decide not to sync some that do not count toward a student’s final grade), click on the arrow next to the category name.
Then use the dropdown on the right to pick the PowerSchool category that this Canvas category should sync with. It is probably the category with the same name. While they don’t necessarily have to have the same name, why would you want to confuse your students like that?
Repeat the selection process for each of the Canvas categories that you want to sync to PowerSchool.
Change the assignment group weights
Finally, click on the vertical ellipse at the top of the page next to the blue +Assignment button and choose “Assignment Groups Weight”.
Change the weights to be the same ones you used in PowerTeacher Pro and click the blue Save button. This will make the final grade in Canvas closer to the final grade in PowerSchool. But your Canvas grades still might not be exactly the same as your PowerSchool grades depending how quarters and finals are setup in each.
That’s it. Repeat this process for your other new courses and you’re done until the start of the next Semester or Hexamester. You might want to turn Automatic Syncing on now.
If you want to see if it is working, go to the Canvas Gradebook, click on the Sync button and choose “Syn to SIS”. Why is it a dropdown button if there’s only one thing to choose? Come on Canvas!
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Click Create, then choose Assignment. From the Assignment tab, click Select by Groups or Select by Classes to create an assignment for selected student groups or classes. By default, all students in selected classes receive the assignment unless you select a specific group. Select classes or groups. Choose the Score Type for the assignment.
Click +Create and then choose Assignment. On the Assignment tab, select the classes for this assignment from the Select Classes menu . Classes will default to match the class or group of classes you have selected, but can be changed as needed. Choose/enter assignment information. Use the Score Type menu to select the score type for this assignment.
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Click Create, then choose Assignment. Click the caret next to Select Classes, then choose classes. Enter the necessary information: Choose the Score Type for the assignment. Select Count in Traditional Final Grade if you want to include the assignment in the final grade calculation. Choose a due date for the assignment.
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Aug 26, 2016 5 Dislike Share Save Macro Connect 62 subscribers In this video, one of our PowerSchool experts shows you how to create assignments in PowerTeacher Pro. For more training options...
Create an assignment that applies to only the students you select from a single class or multiple classes. From the Create Assignment or Edit Assignment page, click Edit next to Class/Students . Click the arrow next to a class to display students. Click the box next to a student to associate them with this assignment.
Step 1 of 11 To get started on adding an assignment for your first-period class, click the Assignments tab. Click the right arrow to continue. ‹ › 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Try it! Create an Assignment Objective: Add a new assignment titled, "Eco Quiz." Instructions as the assignment name.
How to Create Assignments Navigate to A+ Grading > Assignment List > +Create PT Pro has continued the use of the "+" sign to indicate adding in a new feature (assignment, category, etc). By selecting Create, you may choose either Category or Assignment from the next menu.
How to Publish an Assignment Watch this video demonstration to learn how to create and publish assignments. Click the Play button to continue. For more information on how to perform this task, download the Quick Reference Card by clicking Resources above.
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T1 or T2 = All grades without the final exam. E1 or E2 = Final exam score (s) To enter your final exams into the E1/E2 term: Log into PowerTeacher, then click PowerTeacher Pro. Click the Create button , then Assignment to add an assignment in the PowerTeacher Pro gradebook. Fill in all applicable information (points, category, description, etc).
Finally, click on the vertical ellipse at the top of the page next to the blue +Assignment button and choose "Assignment Groups Weight". Change the weights to be the same ones you used in PowerTeacher Pro and click the blue Save button. This will make the final grade in Canvas closer to the final grade in PowerSchool.