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PowerTeacher Gradebook: Entering Power Standards on specific assignments

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First, it is important for teachers to remember the following points: Not all assignments in the Gradebook will have Power Standards Some assignments will have multiple Power Standards assessed for that particular assignment Entering Power Standards with a particular assignment simply requires an additional couple of steps beyond the regular entry of an assignment in […]

Grade Scales

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The following grade scales are currently in use for different students in School District 21. These grade scales are listed below.   Academic Grade Scale – Grades 3-8   Academic Grade Scale – Grades 1-2   Academic Grade Scale – Kindergarten   Learner Quality Scale – Grades 6-8

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Weighting Rubrics–A Specific Example

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Using rubrics is one of the best ways to assess student performance on a high-level open-ended task. Often times, rubrics (like the one pictured above) will include multiple areas of assessment. For example, the “Math Knowledge” and “Strategic Knowledge” grades of the rubric will enter in to the “Mathematics” Gradebook. On the other hand, the […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Weighting Assignments

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Not all assessments are equal in importance or time, and as a result, they should not appear to be such in the Gradebook. Some assessments may not count toward a grade at all. Others may prove to be very small. Many will be of some medium weight. A few will be very large, such as […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: The Learner Qualities

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How do we assess the Learner Qualities in contrast to Academic Grades? While student growth and performance in literacy, mathematics, science, and social science are of utmost important in School District 21, there is also an understanding that knowledge and skills in these areas alone will not allow an individual to be as likely to […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Creating an assignment

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Creating an assignment to enter the scores from a particular assessment in the PowerTeacher Gradebook is fairly easy and offers lots of options to the teachers on a particular team. To create an assignment in the Gradebook, first be sure that the “Assignments” button has been clicked and is blue. (By default, the Assignments mode […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Overview on Entering Assignments

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What are we assessing? The first step to entering assignments is knowing what the assignments are. The move to using the Power Standards as a focus and guide, the inclusion of the Learner Qualities in our assessment system, and our efforts to differentiate instruction based on student performance all will cause us to take a […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Categories

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Before creating assignments in the PowerTeacher Gradebook, a team must create Categories. One cannot create an assignment without applying a Category to that assignment. The purpose of Categories in the PowerTeacher Gradebook is to provide your team with a basis for analyzing student performance in different categories of assessments! With the inclusion of standards as […]

PowerTeacher: Switching between schools

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Prior to the 2013-2014 school year, teachers who were assigned to two schools had completely different logins to PowerTeacher. Now, since the PowerSchool 7.8 update that was completed during July 2013, teachers who teach in multiple schools will be able to access all of their students with a single login. 1. Login as you have […]

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 […]



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