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Making a Behavior Grading System

October 24, 2013

As we head back into Report Card season, we’ve received quite a few requests for help setting up a Behavior/Work Habits/Social Growth grading system. In case you’re wondering the same thing, here are two ideas that we like to recommend when this question comes up.

Idea 1: The No-Credit Behavior Class

This is a nice way to setup a behavior grading system so that appears like a regular class in the student’s record and a teacher’s subject-based grading menu. It’s very convenient, and quite intuitive if you think of behavior/work/social skills as being like a subject for students. That said, it does have some drawbacks in that you need to hide the subject in each student’s transcript so that everything looks neat and tidy. If you’d like, you can set up a No-Credit Behavior class like this…

1. Go to Subjects and make a different Behavior subject for each grade.

Make sure to set the credit hours to 0  – so that it’s really “no credit”! 🙂

2. Enroll students

3. Set up a Subject-Specific Grading Template for the Class.

For this, first go to Setup Report cards, and scroll all the way to the bottom and click “Turn it on” for Subject Specific Grading Criteria. Then, click the new fourth tab in your Report Cards module.

Then, we can create a subject-specific criteria template. First click “Add Template”, then fill in your grading criteria

4. Assign the Template to the Class

Click the subject’s “Assigned Template” line to get a dropdown menu of possible choices

5. Grade students in Subject-Based Grading.

When it’s time to draw up transcripts, you will need to hide the subject from each student’s transcript. To do this, go into Transcripts, open up a student’s transcript, mouse over the Behavior, and click. Then, select one of the Hide Subject options from the menu that appears.

Idea 2: Chat in For Customizations

Of course, we’d be thrilled to do a customization for your report cards, if you would prefer not to use a no-credit subject. There are a ton of ways to do this, but setting up a customization is really seamless if you want space made in each student’s report card for grading behavior/work/social skills. This sort of setup works really well if you think of behavior grades as more like student data,  and want to input the information directly onto the individual Report Card. if you’re curious about  requesting a customization, please contact us –  it’ll be awesome to get it all set up.

Hope this helps address any questions you might have about giving feedback and grades for behavior, work, or social skills. Of course, if you’re still wondering about how to get started or what to do, please do not hesitate to chat in – we’d be more than happy to help!

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