New Release: Sprint E22

The next Sprint E23 will be the last sprint of 2019, and will run an extra week with a scheduled deployment on Dec 30, 2019. But for now, QuickSchools is happy to announce our latest Sprint E22 release.

Here’s a list of the latest improvements of Sprint E22:

  • Enable Enrollment Date by Default
    • Field is available when adding a new student record
    • Field is also available in Report Creator
  • Transcript Improvements (See below)
    • Improvement to Hiding Grades from Semester In Progress
    • Sorting Subjects Alphabetically
    • Email Notification for “Recalculate Fields
  • Canvas and Schoology Improvements
    • Ability to Search Students when mapping
    • Ability to Search Courses when mapping
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes
    • Gradebook fix related to Term Grades deployed in E21
    • Report Card PDF bug fix for Hebrew
    • Semester Activation Improvements (BETA)
    • Performance Improvement when taking attendance for larger schools.
    • Fee Tracking fix when applying Standard Charge for first time
    • Library fix for teachers checking out books
    • Parent Login bug fix
    • Email Messaging History bug fix
    • App Store Billing bug fix
    • Remarks when deactivating students bug fix

Transcript Improvements

At the request of many schools, our Transcripts module has been updated to include the following new improvements:

Improvement to Hiding Grades from Semester In Progress

This feature has been available for quite some time now. We’ve enhanced the way the “Hide current years/semester in progress” feature behaves, in order to more predictably control the behaviour of generated Transcripts, especially as new academic terms are added and activated. This setting appears as a checkbox under “Transcripts Configuration”:

Transcripts Configuration

Sorting subjects alphabetically

Also under “Transcripts Configuration”, we’ve created a new setting to “Sort sort courses alphabetically“. As the name suggests, with this setting enabled, all courses in the Transcripts module will be automatically sorted based on the name of the course.

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New Release: Sprint E19

Here’s a list of the latest improvements in QuickSchools:

  • Google Classroom Framework Improvements
    • Ability to auto-map students and teachers
    • General bug fixes
  • Gradebook Improvements
    • Relabel configuration elements
    • Bug fix when admin access is removed from teachers
    • Bug fix for Submit Grades
    • Bug fix for alternating colors
  • Mobile API Support for Homework and Attendance Notifications
  • Miscellaneous Bug Fixes / Improvements
    • Option to show running GPA in Parent Portal (Beta)
    • Bug Fixes and Improvements for WYSIWYG Editor (Beta)
    • Bug fix on Posting Homework to Subject
    • Center the Period Name in Simplified Scheduling
    • Show Subject Abbreviation in Dropdown for Subject-Based Report Cards
    • Remove Save Button for Online Forms Tab for Student
    • Fix Status for Parent Portal Invite
    • Fix support for Pre-Enrolled Students in Messaging module
    • Fix to enable paid messaging when credit is purchased for new accounts

This Sprint has mainly been focusing on bug fixes and minor improvements. The WYSIWYG Editor in the E-Mail Messaging module has been improved greatly since the last Sprint. And the Google Classroom app is also developing nicely. In the upcoming Sprint E20, we are working on several more substantial improvements related to the Attendance module. Stay tuned for those.

New Release: Sprint E21

Here’s a list of the latest improvements in QuickSchools:

  • Gradebook PDF support for Summary by Weight Factor (See Below)
    • Custom Template for Gradebook PDF
    • Custom Template for Gradebook Progress Report PDF
  • New Final Grades option for Gradebook Formula (See Below)
  • Attendance Improvements
    • Attendance PDF now supports specific academic terms (See Below)
    • Bug fix when taking attendance for large schools
    • Improve Attendance Pie Chart
  • Google Classroom
    • Draft Grades in Google Classroom is synchronized as blank/empty grade
  • Updated Data Dictionary for Report Creator now includes support for:
    • Graphing for Lesson Plans
    • Graphing for Number of Gradebook Columns
    • Clean-Up Attendance-related Fields
    • Filtering for Gradebook Public Comments
    • Filtering for Fee Tracking Transaction Date
  • Miscellaneous Bug Fixes / Improvements
    • Gradebook PDF displays multiple teachers for shared subjects
    • Emailing from Report Creator no longer in Beta (See Below)
    • Restrict administrator from deactivating own record
    • Library tab on Student record
    • Library bug fix for inactive students
    • Improvements to WYSIWYG Editor for Email Messaging (Beta)
    • Improve Delete function for Admissions
    • Remove deprecated Merge Student function
    • Canvas Integration connection bug fix
    • Scheduler bug fix for deleted periods
    • Enrollment bug fix for Group Schools
    • Login Bug Fix

Gradebook PDF support for Summary by Weight Factor

We’ve had several schools request that the generated Gradebook PDF categorize all the assessments into groups, based on the Weight Factors in the Final Grade formula. This new improvement aims to address that need. However, since the majority of our schools are fine using our existing Gradebook PDFs, this new feature is only available by request.

How it works

First off, let’s get on the same page on how Weight Factors are set up in the Final Grade formula in a Gradebook. Here’s a sample Final Grade formula:

Example Gradebook Final Grade formula

Notice that there are 2 weight factors worth 60% and 40% respectively. Each weight factor can contain ONE OR MORE Gradebook categories. We now have custom templates that display assignments based on Weight Factor (examples below).

Gradebook PDF supports Summary by Weight Factor

Here’s a sample of the Gradebook PDF available on the Student record (when you go to the “Gradebook” tab). This PDF displays all subjects for a particular student:

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New Release: Sprint E20

Sprint E20 was delayed due to the extensive testing required for improvements to our core modules, in particular Attendance and Standards-Based Gradebook modules. We hope you enjoy these new improvements.

So here’s a list of the latest improvements in QuickSchools:

  • Standands-Based Gradebook Improvements (See below)
    • Tool Tip when you hover over a grade for a students performance in a standard.
    • Improve the way standards are added/imported to the Gradebook
    • Ability to select specific standards within a Standard Set
    • Organize the way Standards are displayed for Parents
  • New Attendance Calendar (See below)
    • Configure School Days and Holidays
  • Subject Attendance Improvements (See below)
    • Indicator for Taken Attendance
    • Optional Submit Attendance
    • Roster respects students Enrollment Date
  • Updated Data Dictionary for Report Creator now includes support for:
    • Number of Columns in Gradebook
    • Gradebook Comments
    • Homework
  • Miscellaneous Bug Fixes / Improvements
    • Student Importer now supports reactivating existing student records (See below).
    • Course Importer (For Master Scheduler and New Transcripts)
    • Preview Email Fix for WYSIWYG Editor
    • Bug fix for Submit Grades
    • Bug fix for Auto-Fill on Locked Columns
    • Option to show running GPA on Student Portal (BETA)
    • Fee Tracking bug fixes for Payment Allocation

Standards-Based Gradebook Improvements

On the Standards-Based Gradebook, you can now mouse over the grade for a standard, and it will display the calculation for that grade:

Mouse over a cell to see the calculation for students performance for a certain standard

You can still of course click on a cell to see the full detail behind the calculation:

View all Assessments for a Standard, along with calculation for the selected student

We’ve also simplified the way teachers can add standards to the gradebook. Here what you see when clicking on “Add Standard”:

Add standards from a Standard Set, or create your own standard

When adding standards from a Standard Set, you can now select specific standards from within the set:

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New Release: Sprint E17

The latest Sprint E17 QuickSchools release are mostly minor improvements and bug fixes. Here’s a list: 

  • Display “School Roles” by default when “School Profile” initially loads
  • Move Intervention App to App Store (to be announced later this week)
  • Show Subject Abbreviation in Class Discussions (See below)
  • Labelling support for “Discipline” and Lesson Plan “Summary”
  • Move Delete function to bottom of Actions dropdown for Teachers and Students
  • Transcript Configuration for “4 Quarters rolled-up into 2 Semesters” bug fix
  • Transcript Option to “Hide current year/semester in progress” bug fix
  • Bug fixes to Messaging and Private Messaging (from previous Sprint)
  • Fixes to new Submit to Report Cards Function introduced in previous Sprint
  • Fixes to Axiom Integration Files for SFTP

Subject Abbreviation in Class Discussions

In line with previous improvements to show the Subject Abbreviation in Subject lists for Messaging, we’ve introduced the same change for the Class Discussion module:

Subject List includes Subject Abbreviation from Class Discussions

This is particularly important for teachers who teach multiple sections of the same subject, where the only way to differentiate 2 sections is by the subject abbreviation.