How do I create new grading periods?

This article discusses how to create new grading periods at the school or district level in SchoolInsight. Grading periods are a set segment of time where assignments are created, attendance is taken, and grades are given for evaluation. Grading periods are typically set up before the start of an academic year, but can be added at any time.

District admins and school admins have the ability to create grading periods. District admins can create grading periods at the school district level, and assign them to school types. When multiple schools at the district use the same grading periods this method saves time. Creating grading periods at the school level makes them available only to the school they were created at. Districts with few schools may benefit from creating grading periods at the school level for more flexibility.

New grading periods can be created in two ways. Admins can use the grading period wizard to create all of the grading periods for a new academic years at once. The wizard can only be used if no grading periods exist for the new academic year. New grading periods can also be created one by one manually, which is done when previous grading period(s) exist in the new academic year.

To create new grading periods using the grading period wizard

  1. Goto School District Admin Main > Grading Periods
  2. Create
  3. Navigate the sections using the tabs
    1. School Type: District level only. Select the school type(s) that will use the new grading periods. This will apply these grading periods to all schools of the selected type, saving time creating grading periods. Grading periods can later be edited at the school level for changes.
    2. Periods: Select the grading period type to use. These can be quarters, trimesters, 6-Week Terms, or others. Clicking other will take you to manual grading period creation.
    3. Final Grades: Select to give or not to give semester and final grades. These are summary grading periods, and are typically collected as official grades for report cards, transcripts, and for state reporting. To read more about summary grading periods, click here.
    4. Exams: Select which exams grades to give.
    5. Dates & Weights: Fill in the date ranges for each grading period and the corresponding weight if desired.
  4. Save

To create new grading periods manually

  1. Goto School District Admin Main > Grading Periods
  2. Create Grading Period
  3. Fill out the available fields:
    1. Grading Period: Select the grading period using the drop-down menu.
    2. Schools: District only. Select the school type you wish to apply this grading period to.
    3. First Date: This field is available for non-summary grading periods. It can be filled out at a later time.
    4. Last Date: This field is available for non-summary grading periods. It can be filled out at a later time.
    5. Active?: This field is defaulted to ‘No’. Click here to learn more about active vs closed grading periods.
    6. Sorting: School only. This field decides where the grading period is placed in the grading periods list. It is automatically set to place the new grading period at the bottom of existing grading periods.
    7. Weight: This field decides how much the current grading period is worth when calculating summary grading periods.
    8. External ID: School only. This field is useful when importing data.
  4. Save(Both) or Save and Add to Classes(school only)
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