This lesson will show you how to create categories (e.g., manually create a category and link assignments to that category and include a weight percentage), and assign categories to multiple classes. Setting up categories is completely optional and contributes to changing the overall grade or mark. The reason you may want categories is to show how the students are doing on the different area within a single GradeBook. For example, you can have one GradeBook called Language Arts, and set up the categories for the different areas that make up Language Arts such as assignments categorized as Reading Information Text is worth 20%of the overall mark. You can also use categories to weight the assignment with Homework as 10% or Benchmarks worth 25% of the overall grade or mark.
Where to Start
1. Click GradeBook tab.
2. Select My GradeBook.
3. Click on the title of the Gradebook you would like to edit.
4. Under Setup, select Categories and Assignment Tags.
Categories or Weighted Categories are helpful for determining how different types of assignments contribute towards a student's overall grade (e.g. you want tests contribute towards 60% of the student's overall grade).
- Categories cannot be used in standards-based GradeBooks can only be used in points-based GradeBooks
- Each category needs an associated weight and the categories must add up to 100%
- Category Weights cannot be set as 0, even if the total is still 100%
- You can assign an icon to each category to enhance visual cues in GradeBooks
1. Name the category.
- There are no restrictions when naming categories. (e.g., Homework, Quizzes, Test, etc.).
- If you are using standards based grading you might want to create categories to match the areas within the standard. For example: Language Arts GradeBook will have Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Grammar categories.
- It is recommended, to practice common Grade Level, Site, or District Level categories.
2. Enter the category weight. For example, Numbers & Operations- 30%, Functions- 35%, Expressions & Equations- 35%. Be sure that all your categories add up to 100%.
3. Enter the number of "lowest score" assignments per category you want to drop. For example, if you type 2, the 2 lowest scoring assignments in the category will not count toward the students overall grade in that category. (Optional)
4. The Icon is a visual representation of what category your assignment belongs to. These are also viewable in Assignment, Student, and Spreadsheet views.
5. The Trash Can allows you to delete a category.
6. To add more categories, select + Add Categories. Be sure that all your categories add up to 100%.
7. Also Save This To allows you to save this to multiple GradeBooks at once. Select All GradeBooks or just the ones you wish these to apply to.
8. Save ensures that all of your information is saved.
Follow the same steps to access categories for editing and deleting.
Where to Use Categories
Once you've created Categories, the options you've setup will display on the Add Assignment page within the Assignments section.
- If categories are created, every assignment MUST have an assigned category.
- Previously created assignments prior to category creation will need to be assigned a category.
- Tags will continue to be optional per user and are not required to be added to assignments.
- Remember, Categories are ONLY available for Points Based GradeBooks
If you have a weighted category(ies) added to your gradebook that you do not align to an assignment(s) in your gradebook, that will impact how the student's overall grade in the gradebook is calculated. For example, if you have 4 categories, each worth 25% (i.e. Homework, Classwork, Quizzes, Tests), but have only aligned assignments to 3 out of the 4 categories (i.e. Homework, Classwork, Quizzes), the overall student grades in your gradebook will be calculated off of a category weight of 75% instead of 100%. Here is a breakdown using example student percentages in each of those categories:
Example student category percentages:
Homework - 20% / 25%
Classwork - 25% / 25%
Quizzes - 22% / 25%
With the above example the student's overall gradebook grade would be 89.3% based on this student's combined category percentages (67%) divided by the total category weight percentage actually aligned to assignments (75%).