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Power Teacher Best Practices

To access PowerTeacher and PowerTeacher Gradebook

  • Log into your PowerTeacher account from our Web page. At all times, remember security and confidentiality.
  • On the menu bar on the left, select Gradebook, then the arrow.
  • Trust, Trust, Allow
  • Note that you have two things open – PowerTeacher (which you logged into) and PowerTeacher Gradebook (which you launched). You can log out of PowerTeacher and still work in the Web Gradebook. When you are done with the Web Gradebook be sure to Quit the same way that you quit any application.
  • As you work your way through the setup, you’ll need to click on the Save button to see changes (or to refresh the screen)

Change password for your PowerTeacher account

  • Log into your PowerTeacher account from our Web page. At all times, remember security and confidentiality.
  1. On the PowerTeacher start page, click Personalize.
  2. On the Personalize page, click Change Password.
  3. Enter your old password, then enter and verify the new password.
  4. Click Submit.

Set Up Categories

  1. On the Gradebook menu bar, choose Tools and then Categories.
  2. Click the Plus (+) button in the lower left corner of the window. Enter the required information.
  3. Click Close.
  • Once a category is created, it will be available for all your classes. You need not use it for all classes, or give that category any weight in your final grade set up. This is your category bank. Each class can have the same or different categories.
  • Very important...... If you use a category in one of your classes for Q1 and you decide not to use that category again in Q2 , do not delete the category.
  • Categories can be set to different colors for your viewing/sorting pleasure.
  • Points Possible can be added for a category (which will become your personal default). For example, if you have Homework as a category and every homework assignment is worth 20 points, then enter 20 in the points box. You can override this number at any time when creating individual assignments.
  • Score Type determines how you will view your assignment grades (scores) when you are looking at your grading scoresheet.
  • When choosing Points, if the assignment is worth 10 points and a student gets an 8 out of 10, you’ll see the 8.
  • When choosing Percentage, if the assignment is worth 10 points and your student gets an 8 out of 10, you’ll see 80%.
  • When choosing Letter Grade, if the assignment is worth 10 points and a student gets an 8 of our 10 you’ll see C.
  • This feature is entirely for your viewing preference, it does not have any effect on how the final grade is reported on the report card
  • In the Description box you can give information about the category. This will be viewable on the Parent/Student portal.
  • Include in Final Grade. If you have a category that you do not want to include in the student’s grade, then uncheck the box. The default is to have the category included.

Final Grade Setup

  1. Setting quarters
    • Click on the Grade Setup tab, from the list of reporting terms, selecting the first quarter (Q1). Note: Very important: Be sure to select the correct quarter when configuring or adding any information for individual quarters.
    • From the information screen at the bottom select either Total Points or Category Points. If you use Total Points, then you are done for Q1. If you use Category Points, then click on the Add Category link on the bottom left of the window. From the list check off all of the categories that you need for this quarter. Click OK. This needs to be done for each quarter. Category lists can be copied from one quarter to another.
    • Click on the Weight column for each category and assign your weight (i.e.Homework 10%, Tests 40%, etc). Total should equal 100%.
  2. Setting up your Year Term:
    • When you click on Y1, you’ll notice that you have the option of Term Weights. Select this option. Leave the weight value for each quarter at 100, the percent will be 25%. This determines the year (Y1) grade.

Step 3: Adding Assignments

Note: Under the days before due selection is a line that says Publish Score and a checkbox next to it. This allow you to publish the assignment without showing a score in the parent portal.

  1. Select a class, then click the Assignments or Scoresheet button.
  2. Click the Plus (+) button. The New Assignment window appears. Enter the required information. Note: the name must be unique.
  3. Make sure the due date is the correct date. The due date defaults to the current date if not changed.
  4. Click on the publish tab next to the assignment tab.
  5. From the Publish Assignment pop-up menu, choose when to publish the assignment. Note: you may not choose to never publish an assignment if that assignment is part of the students final grade.
  6. If you selected On Specific Date, enter the date the assignment should appear in the Date On field.
  7. If you selected Days Before Due, enter the number of days the assignment should appear prior to the date that it is due in the Days Before Due field.
  8. Click Save.

Copy Assignments

Any assignment you create can be copied to not only a section of the same course but any of your courses during any grading period.

  1. Select a class, then click the Scoresheet tab.
  2. Click the assignment column of the student for whom you want to enter a score.
  3. On the chosen assignment column, press COMMAND+click (Mac) or right-click (Windows) on the name of the assignment and choose copy assignment
  4. Click the box in front of those classes where you wish the assignment to be copied.
  5. Click Ok.

Score Inspector

  • Open the Score Inspector
    1. Select a class from the Classes pane, then click the Scoresheet tab.
    2. From the Gradebook menu bar, choose Tools then Score Inspector. Or, from any assignment field (or Final Grade field) within the Scoresheet, press Command+click (Mac) or right-click (Windows) and select Score Inspector.
  • Enter a Score
    1. Select a class, then click the Scoresheet tab. Or, open the Score Inspector.
    2. Click the assignment column of the student for whom you want to enter a score.
    3. Enter the score using one of the following:
      • On the Scoresheet window, type in score then press ENTER or RETURN. The score appears on the Scoresheet as the cursor advances to the next assignment field. Click Save.
      • On the Score Inspector window, type the score in the score box. Use the Up and Down arrows Next to the student's name to repeat for each student, then click Close to save.
  • Mark Assignments as Collected, Late, or Exempt.
    1. Select a class, then click the Scoresheet tab. Or, open the Score Inspector.
    2. Click in the assignment column of the student for whom you want to enter an assignment status:
      • On the Scoresheet window, press COMMAND+click (Mac) or right-click (Windows) and select Collected, Late, or Exempt. Click Save.
      • On the Score Inspector window, select the Collected, Late, or Exempt checkbox. Click Close to save.
  • Add a Score Comment
    1. Open the Score Inspector and select the assignment of the student you want to update.
    2. Manually enter score comments in the Comment field and/or click Comment Bank to select one or more predefined comments.
    3. Use the Previous and Next arrows to repeat step 2 for each student, if desired.
    4. Click Close to save.

Extra Credit Options

  1. Add extra points to an assignment. For example, a student can receive a score of 105 on an assignment worth 100 points. This works best when the extra credit problems are part of the original assignment.
  2. Create an assignment with 0 points. This way, the assignment will not count against any student who does not have a score for it. The assignment could be in any category.

Add a Final Grade Comment Using the Score Inspector (Prints on Report Cards)

  1. Open the Score Inspector and select the final grade of the student you want to update.
  2. Comments that print on report cards need to be entered in the Attendance Class for elementary students.
  3. Insert comments by either double clicking a comment or clicking a comment one time then click on the Insert Selected Comments button. Multiple comments can be added by control-clicking (Windows)/command-clicking (Apple) or shift-clicking desired comments, then clicking the Insert Selected Comments button.
  4. Click OK to accept changes or Cancel to ignore changes.
  5. Close the Score Inspector. Upon closing, the changes will be saved.
  6. Note that comments may also be entered by typing text in the comment box.
  7. Once comments have been added to a score, a little blue "c" comment icon will display next to the score on the Spreadsheet view.

Printing School Reports through the PowerTeacher portal

  1. On the PowerTeacher start page, click the printer icon next to the class for which you want to print a report OR click on the reports tab from the right hand tool bar to print a report for all classes.
  2. Choose the report from the "Which report would you like to print?" pop-up menu.
  3. Choose when you want PowerSchool to prepare your report.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. This will bring you to a reports queue page. Click on refresh next to my jobs in order to update the status. When status says complete, click on that to open your report in a PDF within that window.
  6. Print or save.
  7. Press the back button in order to return to the previous page.

Student Report Options

Teachers have seven reports available in PowerTeacher gradebook. Click on the Reports button, select the report you would like to print, select your report options at the bottom of your screen and then select Run Report. Select where you would like to save the report.

1. Attendance Grid Report

This is a student/date grid template. How would this report be useful?

  • Taking attendance at field trips or other out-of-classroom events
  • As a roster for note-taking during students’ oral reports or presentations
  • To track class participation

2. Category Total Report

This report gives teachers summaries of category totals. How would this report be useful?

  • Teachers can analyze how students perform on tests versus homework (or compare other categories) which, in turn, may effect how they weight their grades.

3. Final Grade and Comment Verification Report

This report lists term grades and teacher comments. How would this report be useful?

  • This report can be used to confirm grades and teacher comments for report cards.

4. Individual Student Report

This report lists a summary of class activity per student. How would this report be useful?

  • Present a summary of student work to parents at conferences or to a principal, team, etc.
  • Updates for students and parents

5. Missing Assignment Report

This report lists assignments that are missing per assignment or per student. How would this report be useful?

  • Useful to students and parents in helping the student keep up with the class work.
  • Useful to you as you target students who need extra help.
  • Helps you gauge which assignments present the most challenge to students.

6. Scoresheet

This report is a snapshot of your gradebook showing all students’ assignments and scores. How would this report be useful?

  • Teachers can use this report to print out their gradebooks so they can have a paper copy.

7. Student Roster

This report lists student and parent information on a class roster. How would this report be useful?

  • Use this for classroom field trips.
  • Use this for emergency contact list.