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## Using the Gradebook
You can enter a score of "Exc" to excuse an assignment for one student. When adding a new student to a class, you can use the Fill Across command to enter a score of "Exc" for all assignments the new student missed. Enter the first "Exc" and before hitting return, choose Fill Across from the Edit menu.
You can have an assignment apply to some students and not others by excusing that assignment for students to whom it does not apply. To make this clear on reports, you may want to add a special score (perhaps "n/a") in your gradebook options under scores to indicate this.
You can enter letter grades for scores for any assignment. The letter grade you enter will be converted to a numeric score. The percent for the letter grade you entered is averaged with the percent for the next higher letter grade and multiplied by the points possible on the assignment to determine the score.
You can enter percents for scores. The percent will be converted to a score by multiplying that percent by the points possible for that assignment. The percent you enter must include the percent sign, or it will be treated as a normal score.
In your grading options you can choose to display percents to the nearest whole percent or the nearest tenth of a percent. This choice will also apply when converting percents to grades. For example, if you choose to round to the nearest whole percent, students earning 92.5% will earn an A if the percent required for an A is 93%.
Gradekeeper allows you to drop up to 4 worst scores from each category (up to a total of 12). The worst scores will be those that, when dropped, most improve a student's grade within that category. The worst scores are not always the lowest scores or the lowest percent.
First, select an assignment by clicking its column number. Then choose Curve Assignment from the Edit menu. The current high score, low score, and average score are shown. Enter a new high score, low score, and average score, or use the suggested values. You can choose to round to the nearest whole score. Click OK to curve the assignment. The curve command will change each student score as follows. For scores greater than the average score:
For scores less than the average score:
Basically, each student score is positioned relative to the desired new average score. Note that student scores can be reduced if the new low score is less than the old low score. |