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Posts with Tag: Gradebook Archives - Page 2 of 3 - Modern Pen

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Entering elementary school Learner Quality marks

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In the elementary schools, rather than receive an overall grade for each Learner Quality, students in grades 1-5 receive a mark for the specific Learner Quality descriptors.   Learner Quality Marks scale Students who are performing according to expectations receive no mark, so most students should have a mostly blank sheet for the Learner Quality […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Entering elementary school comments

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Elementary school teachers in School District 21are able to “free-write” Report Card Comments for each of their students. (There are no comments on Power Standards Summary Reports.) Report Card Comments are one important element of our system of communication with families about student progress. Before entering any Report Card Comments in the Gradebook, it is […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Overriding grades

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The Gradebook greatly enhances the efficiency of teachers and teams in collecting and organizing data, grouping and re-grouping students, and differentiating assessments and instruction. Additionally, when teachers use the Gradebook throughout the trimester, there are only a few tasks that remain to be completed at the end of the trimester or end of the year. […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Self-verifying before report cards

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To allow teachers additional time to assess students and enter scores over the traditional verification process as well as to make the process significantly more efficient for school secretaries, teachers self-verify core academic grades, exploratory/special area grades, Learner Quality grades, Power Standards (end of the school year only), and comments. As pictured below, there are […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Report Card tasks

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At the end of each trimester as well as at the end of the school year, there are a number of tasks that teachers and teams need to complete in order to ensure that Trimester Report Cards and Year-End Power Standards Summary Reports can be successfully printed in school offices and sent home to parents. […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Power Standards-Odd or even assessments?

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Do students have to have an odd number of Power Standards assessments? No. The issue is that if there is an even number of assessments and the student has an even number of “Mastery” and “Progressing Toward Mastery” marks on those assessments, the student will not have a score automatically assigned because there is no […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Power Standards-How many assessments?

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How many assessments should each student have for each Power Standard? Statistics would suggest that it would be ideal for students to have approximately 7 assessments for each Power Standard over the course of the year, but there is no rule regarding how many assessments is the right amount for each Power Standard. The nature […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Power Standards–How to override

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How does a teacher override a Power Standard mark at the end of the year? First, near the top of the Gradebook window under the row of main navigation buttons, in the “Reporting Term” pull-down menu, select “Y1” as pictured below. Then, click on the “Final Grades” button, which is also highlighted below. Then, go […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Power Standards–Checking student performance

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How does our team check our students’ overall, final performance on each Power Standard for the year? When the team has been discussing the Power Standards and their assessment throughout the year through the routine instructional planning process, creating common Power Standards assessments as a team, and analyzing the performance of the students together as […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Power Standards assessments without grades

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Teachers can actually mark a Power Standard on an assignment without giving any score for the academic grade on that assignment. This is also exactly how Kindergarten teachers can and should collect and enter data on the performance of their students.   First, create the assignment as you normally would. Then, assign the appropriate Power Standard(s) […]

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