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PowerTeacher Gradebook

& Standards

Bob Cornacchioli

DERO Technical Services


agenda participants will be engaged in
Agenda/Participants will be engaged in:

www.derotechnical.comfor more resources

  • Introduce Web Gradebook/Log in
    • Short cuts to save keystrokes
    • Final Grade Entry
    • Creating Assignments & Associating Standards
    • Teacher Options
  • Discussion regarding Comment Writing
  • Ask Questions- this is your time

CEO - DERO Technical ServicesEvangelist/Process Assistant- Level DataMarketing - ParkBench SoftwareDirector of Technology and Media Services – Shrewsbury Public Schools (16 yrs)PowerSchool Administrator ( 6 yrs)

Bob Cornacchioli




The “how to enter” grades is the easier of the two!


Gradebook can be used to:

1) Enter Standards Final Grades

2) Recording Evidence ( tests – quizzes – homework )

3) Tie Standards to Graded Assignments

4) Auto Calculate Standard Grades from Assignment Grades

ken o connor aka the grade doctor
Ken O’Connor – aka The Grade Doctor

Far more important than the keystroke of a grade is how the district has trained teachers in the proper techniques in determining that grade. The information Ken and others are saying about student achievement is mission critical. PowerTeacher has been designed with these principles.


Learning Conversations: The Culture of Grading

Same Curriculum

Across all classrooms

Same Grading Practices

Across all classrooms??

Have you had these chats yet?

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Average Temperature in Vegas



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Sun Mon Tues Weds Thurs

Is it REALLY an



100 100 100 100

Sun Mon Tues Weds Thurs

Rick Wormeli – check him out on YouTube

setting expectations emphasize consistency
Setting Expectations & Emphasize Consistency

Everyone on the Same Page

What does a 4 or a C really mean?

With teachers at your Grade Level

With teachers at your School

With teachers in the District

What does it mean for next placement?

change to your grading choices
Change to your grading choices?

Developmental and Habits Indicators

C = Consistently

U = Usually

B = Beginning to demonstrate

N = Needs Assistance

8 Character Limit


Avoid homebound confusion by sending home letter grades and percentages on assessments!

Academic Performance Indicators

4 = Advanced

3 = Proficient

2 = Progressing but need improvement

1 = Warning

N/A = Not accessed this term**

always allow
Always Allow


The Web Gradebook is a JAVA application, if it is NOT OPENING on the computer, you may be running an older version of JAVA.

Contact your tech department.

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What’s on this screen

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teaching in multiple buildings
Teaching in Multiple Buildings

Teachers will see two pull downs under Classes.

After logging in they can pick the different schools they my be assigned to!

gradebook vs grade entry
Gradebook vs. Grade Entry

Exploring the Assignments Tab

Click the + in the lower left

connecting assessments to standards
Connecting Assessments to Standards

Only those standards associated with this class appear!

assignments standards
Assignments - Standards





Customized Dictionary “Cornacchioli”

Gradebook Preferences:

Assignment Grades

allow assignment scores to auto calculate assignment standards scores
Allow Assignment Scores to Auto-Calculate Assignment Standards Scores

Modified Screenshot


This allows sub-category standards to auto-calculate an average for a higher standard IF- IF the standards were imported with the proper List Parent correctly

pick your click location

Click on a standards to access QUICK FILL or CLEAR ALL SCORES


Click on student cell to select an individual grade

fill scores saves time
Fill Scores saves time!

Selecting the Fill Scores option requires a strategy

Opt 1- Give everyone a default grade first then change those who were UP or DOWN

Opt 2 – Give those few students the exception and then fill all others… applying grade to those with none.

fill down saves time your time
Fill Down Saves Time….YOUR TIME!
  • Strategy needed
  • Fill and Change
  • Enter “High and Lows” Fill Majority

Fill Majority

Summative comment can be associated with HR and scroll to the right! Fill down doesn’t really work for comments!

The “C” implies comment saved.

You can cut and paste. Beware of the gender or name mistake!!


Comment space on your report card may be limited. Please ask! 4000 is a default setting so before you write a novel ask someone!


If you or your teachers

Copy and paste from Word to Powerschool, deselect straight quotations to avoid special characters in advance of typining your comments



With or without score!

  • Using PT Admin- your district will have to set policy on grading standards. The Gradebook will have to be set per school to look:
  • Default setting for final grades
  • Allow teacher modifications OR NOT
  • Calculations for Most Recent Scores

Decisions Decisions


Decisions Decisions

Set by School – Lock Teacher Changes?

Weigh Most Recent?

gradebook preferences standards
Gradebook Preferences: Standards

By default standards are not selected

Teachers must check both boxes and set the final grade method

Can’t lock preferences- discuss this and set expectations!


YOUR EVIDENCEIn Student View- if a standard was assessed multiple times in a term ( associated to multiple assignments) the summary tab provides access to evidence. The calculated grade is a 2 based on the last 3 assessments, if a teacher overrides score based on evidence – “none” would have a score!


POWER still is in the teacher’s ability to override Final Score

Web Gradebook does:

CALCULATES Final Score &

PROVIDES evidence to support space teacher assessments:

  • Mean
  • Median
  • Mode
  • Highest
  • Most Recent -3 (set by Admin)
  • Times Standard was assessed
set up can save teacher keystrokes
Set-up can save teacher keystrokes

Standard ELA.5.12:

Presentation (overall appearance is legible and visually appealing)

Assessed 3 times in a term : 4,4,3

What should go on the report card: 4 or 3?

Based upon your district’s response – CUT OFF VALUES

grade value of conversions scales
Grade Value of Conversions Scales

When teachers assess a standard more than once associated to multiple assignments, PTG averages these scores. Grade Value can’t be ZERO as seen earlier in this presentation.


Optional Idea: Include the rubric as the “description” for each standard. Benefits: Teachers see rubric/Parents as well if assignment was published to the Parent Portal.


Optional Idea: Using the Class Content tab and Class Info Button, teachers could include Class Info/Syllabus/Rubric in the description area. This can be invaluable to parents using the Portal.

let s talk comments
Let’s Talk Comments

What makes a good comment?

Who are you writing them for?

How much should you write?

Who reads them before they go home?

How much time should I allocate?

What kind of stuff should I reference?

Have you communicated expectations?

sample term 3
Sample Term 3

This is an actual comment!

  • Your DISTRICT may have:
  • 10 Math Standards
  • 15 ELA- Reading and Writing Standards
  • 5 Science Standards
  • 8 Social Studies Standards
  • T3 also runs from the end of March through June

Nancy was wonderful to have in class. I hope she has a great summer!

sample comment writing activity
Sample Comment Writing Activity

Pair up by grade level

  • Work with colleagues from different schools
  • Be sure to review standards for T1
  • Mention student by name
  • Appoint a typist and a spokesperson

The data tells you, student:

  • Struggles or exceeds in some math concepts
  • Very inquisitive, hand writing could be better
  • Struggles or exceeds in reading or some other ELA standard
  • Include a behavior and/or effort statement
gradebook preferences comment bank
Gradebook Preferences: Comment Bank

Teachers can create their own comment banks – Discuss this

Parents prefer Narrative Comments

gradebook preferences score codes
Gradebook Preferences: Score Codes

Teachers can create additional Score Codes for their Gradebook

Visible through the Parent Portal

new option available now
New Option Available Now?

Standards Grades Search Tool Customizations


Within seconds, all the students who were under performing in that grade and the selected term appear on the scree and can be exported!

each standard in given grade level and term display as a row click on the row and you get
Each standard in given grade level and term display as a row. Click on the row and you get….



Q & A

Bob CornacchioliDERO Technical Services