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Gradeway Teacher's Suite Preferences

There are numerous options that are available within Gradeway Teacher's Suite. While some options change more benign items, such as colors of windows, others change major functionality of the program. Below are the options that have the greatest impacts.

See Also:
Subject and Grade Level Manager
Customizing Reports
Backups

1. Grade by Assignments
This is the default behavior for all classes. When this option is selected, all of your classroom assignments and grades count towards one overall grade.

2. Grade by Subjects
By using the Grade by Subject option, each subject you have as part of a class will have their own unique overall grade. For example, instead of one grand total "overall grade," you will have one overall grade per subject, such as "math overall grade," "writing overall grade," "science overall grade," all displayed within the same class.

When using this mode, it is critical that each assignment you add is linked to a subject.

Furthermore, since each overall score must be accounted for separately by subjects, when entering new grades for assignments, there may be additional "wait time" necessary while Gradeway calculates the new overall grades.

3. Grade using Weighted Grades
This mode is similar to Grade by Subjects, but rather than having an individual score per subject, one score is calculated based off each grade "weight." Using this, you are able to set categories for various percentages of the overall score. For example, you can have Tests worth 25% of the overall grade, Quizzes worth 15%, Homework worth 20%, Labs worth 20%, etc.

The algorithm to compute the overall grade is as follows:

(Total Percentage of All Assignments per Grade Weight * Grade Weight Percent) + (...all other grade weights...)

As an example, let's assume that the graded weights are configured as:
Tests - 40%
Homework - 25%
Labs - 20%
Participation - 15%

Then, for the ease of illustration, let's say that each grade weight has 3 assignments associated to it:
Tests: Test1 (84/100; Test2 (92/100); Test 3 (97/100).
Homework: Homework1 (15/20); Homework2 (16/20); Homework 3 (12/20).
Labs: Lab1 (40/50); Lab2 (32/50); Lab3 (39/50).
Participation: Particpation1 (2/10); Participation2 (4/10); Participation3 (3/10).

First, each category is computed:
Tests: 273/300 = 91%
Homework: 43/60 = 71.667% (depending on Rounding Digits, see #4)
Labs: 111/150 = 74%
Participation: 9/30 = 30%

As you can see, the student performs well on tests, which is good, since 40% of her grade depends on it. Next, for each category, the Grade Weight Percentage is computed - and are then added up to get a single overall grade:

Tests: 91%, which are worth 40% of grade: (91 * .4) = 36.4
Homework
: 71.667%, which is work 25% of grade: (71.667 * .25) = 17.91675
Labs: 74%, which are worth 20% of grade: (74 * .2) = 14.8
Participation:
30%, which is worth 15% of grade: (30 * .15) = 4.5.

Finally, we add up all the numbers to get the final score: 36.4 + 17.91675 + 14.8 + 4.5 = 73.61675%

4. Grade Rounding
This is the number of digits that your grades will be rounded to. For example, this may change 75.33334% to 75.34%, or to 75%, depending on how many places you decide to round.