Gradebook categories are used to sort and group assignments. Instructors assign weights to categories to make some assignments worth more than others. This article explains how to create gradebook categories in TeacherEase, and how they impact student grades.
How do I create a gradebook category in TeacherEase?
To create a gradebook category:
Go to Instructor Main > Gradebook > Setup > Categories

 Select a Class
 Create Category
 Enter values for
 Category Title
 Try single words like Homework, Tests, or Projects.
 Weight
 A number that indicates this category’s weight compared to others in your gradebook.
 Number of Low Scores to Drop
 The number of low assignment scores that will get dropped from each student’s grade
 Recommended: The number entered should be small relative to the total number of assignments in the category
 Category Title
 Save
How categories affect student grades
Student grades are calculated as weighted averages of category grades. For example, a class has three categories that constitute 20%, 50%, and 30% of the student grades as displayed in the screenshot below.
Take a look at a student with these category grades:
Category 
Category Weight 
Category Grade 
Homework 
20 
83 
Classwork 
50 
93 
Quizzes 
30 
88 
To calculate a grade we need the total of category weights along with the sum of the products of each category weight and grade as highlighted below.
Category 
Category Weight 
Category Grade 
Weight x Grade 
Homework 
20 
83 
1660 
Classwork 
50 
93 
4650 
Quizzes 
30 
88 
2640 
Sum 
100 
8950 
Finally, the student’s grade is the quotient of the two bolded values from the table above. The student’s total grade is 89.5 as illustrated in this screenshot from TeacherEase.