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Monday, October 17, 2016 8:55:29 AM
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Power School Info

Q.  In Power School, how do I……
Most Power School questions can be answered by going to the District website under District Information.  Click Technology/Self Help Information/Power Teacher/Training Resources Site.

Monday, October 17, 2016 9:04:15 AM
Joined on 07/06/2016
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Re: Power School Info - Extra Credit

Q. How do I add extra credit to an assignment in Powerschool?

If you edit the individual assignment, you'll see a "+Extra Points" button in the score section.  If you click this, you can add extra points such that a 100/100 will still equal 100%, but a 101/100 will equal 101%.  See this example:
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Monday, October 17, 2016 9:06:00 AM
Joined on 07/06/2016
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Re: Power School Info - Category Weighting

Q. Category Weighting in Powerschool:

Category Weighting-  If you weigh categories, category weighting must be set for each class.  This can be done by going to Settings > Traditional Grade Calculations and assigning a “Category Weighting” formula type.  We have run into a few situations where teachers set this up, but inadvertently left the weight as zero for one category, skewing their calculations.
Monday, October 17, 2016 9:08:09 AM
Joined on 07/06/2016
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Re: Power School Info - Points vs Percentages

Q. Assignment Points VS Percentages:

If you are using a "total points" grading system, everything will always calculate as expected.  However, PowerSchool does not calculate based on percentages in a manner that is expected by a majority of our users even if selected.  So, you may run into trouble if you are using varying amounts of points for different assignments in a single category and expect PowerTeacher to count them equally.

  1. For example:
    You have two assignments, assignment A and assignment B, both graded in the same category.  Assignment A is based on 8 points, assignment B is based on 1 point (essentially they completed it or they didn't).  A student turns in assignment B but does not complete assignment A.  Grades are recorded as a "0" for assignment A and a 1 for assignment B.

    The expected behavior is to calculate each grade based on the least common factor, average them, then convert to a percentage.  For example:
    Assignment A=0/8, Assignment B=1/1 is also equal to A=0/8, B=8/8.  Total score= 0+8/8+8 or 8/16, which equals 50%.

    PowerSchool's behavior is this:
    Assignment A = 0/8, Assignment B=1/1, so the Total Score = 0+1/8+1 or 1/9, which equals 11%

    In order to receive the expected behavior above, you can use the same maximum possible points for each assignment in a category.  For example, all tests are based on ten points, all homework assignments are based on 5 points, etc.  

    Alternatively, there is a work around to make the points method calculate like a percentage method by remembering to modify the total value to “100” after entering the possible points. This will then determine the weight.  To do this, edit each assignment and fill in the “Total Value” as 100 and the weight will be calculated for you:

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    Regardless of the case above, score type should always be set to "points."

We have submitted this situation to PowerSchool as an enhancement request.  Hopefully they will eventually modify the program so the "percent" score type behaves as expected without the need to manually weigh assignments to make them equal when they have different possible points.  For now, though, we will need to work around the issue.

Friday, October 21, 2016 11:31:45 AM
Joined on 07/06/2016
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Re: Power School Info - Add comments to standards based gradebook.

Q: How to add comments to grade books/report-cards:
  • In Power Teacher Pro, be sure you are in Homeroom.
  • Go to Standards on the left hand side.
  • Click on Standards Progress.
  • To the right of the first Standard is a blank box under Q1. Click on that.
  • Type comments in the box that pops up on the right.
  • Click Save when you are done.
Monday, October 24, 2016 7:14:36 AM
Joined on 07/06/2016
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Re: Power School Info - Add comments to traditional gradebook.

Q: How to enter comments onto into PowerTeacher Pro grade books and the resulting report cards.

To enter comments:
1.      In PowerTeacher Pro (PTP), click Grading on the left hand side.

2.      Under Grades, click Comment Verification

a.      Here you will see all the students in the class with their current final grade. Click on a grade and the grading box will pop up on the right. Click the comment icon  to enter a comment. Click the Comment Bank box to see comments in the system, or enter your comment.

b.      These comments will be populated on the report cards.
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