"Quick Reference Guide for Setting up"
Quick Reference Guide for Setting up New Assignments in Your Gradebook In order to be successful please follow the instructions below. I. Making Assignment Categories Before any assignments can be added to the gradebook, you will need to make categories for your assignments. All assignments must be in a category. 1. In the menu tabs at the top of your Pinnacle window, click on . 2. Click on the tab. 3. Answer YES to both questions. 4. Enter categories as shown below. Assessments carry a weight of 1. Practice is weighted 0. Weight values in the categories section determine how that category of assignments will be expressed on the report card. To color code categories, click on color square and select a color of your choice. 5. Press Only press save one time. Be patient. Saving may take 10-15 seconds. 6. You will need to repeat this procedure with all of your individual content areas. You can click the arrows to go directly to the next content area. ELA Adding a New Assignment 1. Click on 2. Click on the content area tab that you would like to add the assignment to. 3. Click in the assignments grid box. 4. Enter the assignment information. Description: Describe Grading Scale: Category: Practice or assessment. These are the assignment by Visalia scale is the the categories that you added in the first steps name. only option. of setting up your gradebook. Date Assigned: default is today. Date Due: default is tomorrow. Click on to change date Max Value: We are using a 4 point rubric. Double check to make sure there Extra Credit is a 4 in this box. Do not use. Weight: This defines how much weight the assignment will carry inside your gradebook. You have already told the gradebook that all assessments will be included in the report card grade and that all practices will be excluded in the report card grade when you set-up your categories. Assignment weight changes here will not change the way that the assignment is reported on the report card. By weighting assignments here, you are telling the gradebook that you want to be able to calculate an average for that category of assignments inside your gradebook. For example, if you want to keep track of all your practice assignments in the gradebook, you would weight the practice assignments as 1 so that the gradebook will calculate an average for all practice assignments entered. If you weight the practice assignments as 0, the gradebook will not calculate an average for that category of assignments. If this does not make any sense… then just enter 1 for weight! 5. Click on the tab. The description you enter here will be viewable by parents once they have access to the Pinnacle Internet Viewer (PIV), on-line. The narrative might be helpful for parents when they are trying to understand what this individual assignment involves. You can also use hyperlinks in this description to link to a worksheet paper or study guide that is posted on an Internet website. Editing features are similar to that in Microsoft Word. 6. Link the assignment to the appropriate essential standard. Click on the tab. To read the complete standard, hover your mouse cursor over the standard. Once you have found the standard you want, place a checkmark by the standard and press . You can choose more than one standard. You can also drag and drop them in the window. 7. Elementary teachers will not be using the tab. 8. Click on to view your assignment in the gradebook grid. Quick Tips for Entering Grades in Gradebook A Teacher Right and Responsibility – the gradebook is storage, you don’t give up your right as a teacher to determine where that child is at. Never enter a score of zero as a grade! If the student doesn’t turn in the assignment leave the box blank. Extra Credit is never used. Homework is always practice and not calculated into the report card. Only standards that have been assessed will show up on the report card. At the end of the grading period if there is insufficient evidence to give a student a grade, then entering the code I.E.(insufficient evidence) will allow the standard to show-up on the report card with this reason. Learning Trend – with 4 or more grades, the gradebook will automatically calculate the scores giving the most recent assessments more weight. If there are less than 4 grades, pure averaging will occur which could distort the picture of student achievement. Teachers can over write grades when appropriate. To repeat grades, enter grade in box, arrow down to the box below, hold down the Shift + *(8 key) key to repeat scores.