STI Web Classroom Defining Grade Book Categories

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					        STI Web Classroom: Defining Grade Book Categories
        After Class Defaults are set for each class, the next step is to create Categories.
        Categories are broad headings for various groups of assignments or courses. For
        example: Test, Homework, Daily Work, Quizzes, Algebra, 3rd Grade Reading, etc.




         NOTE: In order to create Activities (assignments), which is the next step in the process of
         setting-up your grade book, you must first have at least one Category. If you have a class that
         is only Third Grade Math and all of your assignments are subject related you might want only
         one Category called Math. On the other hand, you may want to create Categories for
         different types of assignments such as Tests, Quizzes, Daily Assignments, Homework, etc.




        To begin, Click the 2nd icon on the main grade book page. You can also get to this
        option by going to the Menu option located in the upper right corner of the screen.


                              Category List



NOTE: If you are using Points or
Average to calculate student
scores you will see this window. It
will display Weight Multiplier and
Weight Additive.


NOTE: If you are using Category
Points or Category Average to
calculate student scores you will
see this window. It will display
Weight Additive and Percent.
 To create a new Category for Points or Averaging, Click Insert.




This will bring up a Grade Book Category dialog box like the one shown above.

1. Category: The Category area is where you put the name of the category. For
   example: Test, Homework, Daily Work, Math, 3rd Grade Reading, etc.).

2.    Value: This is the Default Category Value and is set at 100.00. This number can be
     changed but it is typically set at 100.00.

3.    Weight Multiplier: (if applicable) – This multiplies the score of every score under
     this category by whatever number is here or it will multiply the score and value of the
     activity if checked to do so in class defaults. It usually stays at 1. Adding 0 will
     prevent this category from calculating an average. Changing it to 2 would double the
     value.

4.   Weight Add: This will add whatever number is here to every score in this category.
To create a new Category for Category Points or Category Averaging, Click Insert.




This will bring up a Grade Book Category dialog box like the one shown above.

1. Category: The Category area is where you put the name of the category. For
   example: Test, Homework, Daily Work, Math, 3rd Grade Reading, etc.).

2. Value: This is the Default Category Value and is set at 100.00. This number can be
   changed but it is typically set at 100.00.

3. Weight Add: This will add whatever number is here to every score in this category.

4. Percentage: This will weight the Category to whatever percentage is placed in this
   space and apply it to a student’s total score. For Example: If you have a Test
   Category and it is weighted to be 50% of the final grade, then all test scores
   accumulated for the term will combined to create a score 50% of the student’s final



   NOTE: If you are using either Category Points or Category Averages, each Category must be
   assigned a percent value and the value of all Categories must equal 100%. All grades for
   activities in a specific Category are inflated or reduced based upon the percentage assigned to
    grade.
   each specific category. For example: Test could be worth 50%, Homework worth 15%, Class
   Participation worth 10%, and Quizzes worth 25%. Fifty percent of a student’s total grade would
   come from scores earned in the Test Category. It is important to note, not to setup more
   Categories than necessary if you intend to calculate student scores based on Category Points or
   Category Average because it may be difficult to divide out percentages for a long list of
   Categories.
Once finished, Click Save and the Category will be added. The sample below is for
someone using Points or Averages to calculate scores and shows several activity related
categories, including some with Weight Multipliers.




The sample below is for someone using Category Points or Category Averages to
calculate scores and shows several activity related categories, including each assigned
Percentage.




Changing a Category: Highlight the Category and Select the Change option. The
category window will appear. Make the changes you want and Click Save.




Deleting a Category: Highlight the Category and Select the Delete option.
Copying Categories from one course to another. Once you have a set of Categories
created for a course, you can copy the list to other courses. When you go into a new
course and select Categories a dialog box will pop-up like the one displayed below.
Click OK. This will bring up a window with a list of courses that have categories. Find
and Click on the course you want to copy the categories from and then Click Copy.




Once the list of Categories appears you can accept the list as seen or add, change, or
delete categories from the list.