This guide allows you to quickly configure your School Loop gradebook by covering the basic required settings.
School Loop Plus Version SLS2.
- After logging into your teacher portal, click the Settings button located near the top right of any page.
- From the Settings index page, there are only two sections that will be covered in this guide – Categories and Gradebook Settings.
- For those who use weighting (covered later in this guide), you already know that you must use categories.
- For all others, this is an optional section. However, we do recommend that you create and use categories.
- For students and parents, the category adds an additional descriptor to the assignment.
- For teachers, it allows you to view student achievement by category.
Setting Up Categories
- Click the Go button for Assignment Categories (pictured above).
- You may edit or delete any of the preset categories except the default "Assignment" category.
- You may also add other categories using the form at the bottom of the page. Please note that this is a universal list of categories available for use in any of your gradebooks.
- With your universal list of categories complete, you are now ready to configure your gradebook.
- Return to the main settings index by either using the Settings link illustrated above or use the link on the Categories page as shown below.
- After returning to the settings index page, select one of your gradebooks for configuration.
- If you teach multiple subjects, you must configure the gradebook for each subject separately.
This guide will now take you through the gradebook settings for Weighting, Grade Scales, and Custom Codes. All other settings are optional.
Visit our help website for more information about gradebook settings.
You may skip this step if you do not use weighting.
- For all others, click the blue Go button for weighting as pictured above.
- Check the radio button next to "Yes" to turn weighting on. Doing so will allow you to set the percent weights for each category.
- Enter 0 for categories you do not wish to use for this gradebook. Make sure the sum of all weights is 100% and then click the Submit button at the bottom of the page.
Like categories, grade scales are universal. Any grades scales you create here may be used with other gradebooks.
Use the breadcrumb links near the top left of the page to quickly return to the Gradebook Setup page and then click the blue Go button for Grade Scales.
Near the top of this settings page, you will select the grade scale to be used by this gradebook.
Initially, there is only one grade scale with the title "Default".
To modify the Default grade scale, click the Edit button located at the top of that scale, as shown below.
- Our system allows you to delete grades, insert new grades, and set the floor percentage for each grade.
- You may use decimal values or whole numbers for the floor percentages. Be sure to set the lowest grade on your scale to 0%.
- If you also wish to create additional grades scales, click the Create New Scale button as pictured on the left. The titles you give your scales are only visible to you.
School Loop’s gradebook allows you to enter non-numerical scores that have a numerical value.
For example, a custom code of "M" for missing assignments could have a value of zero points. Such codes allow you to give scores that have some meaning in addition to a value.
Other examples include "A" for absent and "L" for late.
Use the link to return to the Gradebook setup page and click the Go button for Custom Codes.
Like categories and grade scales, custom codes are universal and may be used in any gradebook once created here.
To create a new custom code, click the Create New Code button.
- You may use any number of characters for your codes, but due to the size of the cells in the gradebook, you should limit your codes to a maximum of 3 characters.
- Each code may have a value of "Does not count", Zero or a percentage value of the maximum number points for that assignment.
- All codes are case-insensitive.
Special notes about custom codes
- It is not possible to edit a code once created; if you delete a custom code, its value in your gradebook is automatically set to zero.
- The only exception is the system code of "E" which always has a value of exempt or excused.