Each teacher needs to set up gradebook categories in the CMS Teacher Portal in order for the them to enter gradebook assessments to show on the calendar and in the gradebook.

Recording Gradebook Category

To create gradebook categories:
- Navigate to the Gradebook Preferences page in your Teacher Portal. Please note that each school has the flexibility to rename this page and add it to the - Teacher Portal according to their preferences.
- In the Add New Category section, select the division you want to add the gradebook category to from the Division dropdown and Enter the gradebook category name.
- Click “Add.” The gradebook category should now be added to this page.
- Click “Edit” on the bottom right corner of the gradebook category.
- Use checkboxes to select all of the course sections that the gradebook category applies to.
- In the Weight column, you can specify the gradebook category weighting for each section.
- Use the Excl. Drop column to make the gradebook category ineligible for lowest grade calculation. For more information, see Configuring Gradebook Settings.
- Click the Update button in the bottom right corner of the gradebook category to save the changes you have made.

Notes:

- Gradebook categories and gradebook category weighting must be set up for the entire school year.
- You may not change gradebook category weight once an assessment linked to that category has a grade.
- Although you may not modify a gradebook category weighting that you used in a previous period if it has assessment grades, you can Add a new gradebook category with a new gradebook category name. For example Tests Q2 may be a gradebook category specifically for quarter 2. A new gradebook category may then be weighted differently from similar gradebook categories in previous marking periods. This way, you are not changing the gradebook category weighting, you are creating new gradebook categories with new gradebook category weights.
- You cannot move an existing gradebook assessment to a different or new gradebook category.

Recording Gradebook Assessment

- On the Assessments screen, click “New.”
- Enter gradebook assessment details.
- If there is any additional information you would like to enter about the gradebook assessments, you can record that information in the multi-line text box.
- This information will be available to students and parents.
- Select the classes that you would like to apply this gradebook assessment to by using the checkboxes to the left of the course name.
- With each selected course, you can enter additional information:
*Points: Populate this if you’d like to override points for a specific section.
*Start: Populate this if you’d like to override start date for a specific section.
*Due: Populate this if you’d like to override due date for a specific section.
*Visible: Populate this if you’d like to override visible date for a specific section.
- Click “Save.”
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