Available now for teachers…. a new redesigned grade book. You’re not required to use the new grade book option. In fact, you can even switch back and forth between the current grade book and this new “beta” grade book. It can be found under INSTRUCTION -> GRADE BOOK (BETA)
What are the major highlights?
Java will no longer be used or required to run the grade book. Instead, it will switch to using HTML5, meaning that more devices should be able to connect to the grade book, including iOS devices such as iPads.
Another highlight – lots of additional visual representations and quick stats that are available to teachers. The usage of built in visual graphs will make it easier to spot students who are struggling as well as see how the entire class did on a particular assignment.
Will this change how the grade book is viewed by parents?
No. The new tools and graphs being added are only available to teachers and are not available on the parent portal.
Can we see some of the specifics?
- This is known as a box and whisker chart, which display the four quartiles. The area between the top green line and the green box is the 1st quartile, the green box is the 2nd quartile, red box is 3rd quartile, and between red box and bottom red line is the last quartile. In this example, the specific student is the yellow circle, showing that they scored in the 1st quartile compared to the rest of the class.
Palo Alto, California is one of the beta test sites and they have posted a more detailed view of the new gradebook. http://www.paly.net/stafflinks/IC_gradebook_beta.pdf