How can Grade System Managers set Grade Configurations for Courses?

The Grade System Manager (GSM) is responsible for setting all grade configurations for all courses prior to the first day of school. To do this, we recommend that GSMs first align with their school leaders and key stakeholders to decide what configuration is most appropriate for the subject level and/or courses.

GSMs may also be responsible for updating course grade configurations after the school year has begun (within a twenty-day window following the first day of the new academic year). This may happen if a Curriculum Author (who does not have GSM-abilities) makes a change to a course - in this case, GSMs will be notified to adjust the configuration.

GSMs have the ability to:

  • Edit the weight of projects and/or Math Concept Units
  • Edit the weight of Focus Areas
  • Add or remove weighting of Additional Focus Areas
  • Add or remove weighting of Portfolio Problems

If no changes are made, the default recommendation for courses will be:

Non-Math Courses:

  • 80% Projects
  • 14% Power Focus Areas
  • 6% Additional Focus Areas

 Math Courses: 

  • 70% Math Units
  • 10% Portfolio Problems
  • 14% Power Focus Areas
  • 6% Additional Focus Areas 

The acceptable ranges for grade weights are:

  • Projects: 70-100%
  • Power Focus Areas: 0-30%
  • Additional Focus Areas: 0-14%
  • Math Units: 70-100%
  • Portfolio Problems: 0-10%

The platform allows GSMs to edit individual courses or select several courses for bulk editing.

How to Edit an Individual Course
How to Select Several Courses for Bulk Editing



To Edit an Individual Course: 

  1. Navigate to Curriculum on the left side tab
  2. Click Courses
  3. Select the course you want to edit 
  4. Click Edit to manage the course weighting


  1. Select the course weighting and click Save 
  • For standard configuration (non-Math courses), select course weighting and click Save


  • For custom configurations (non-Math courses), enter the percent weight, making sure the sum of all percents equals 100%. Click Save

6. The new course weight will be reflected on the course page

*Note: Additional Focus Areas cannot make up more than 30% of the total Focus Area weight. 


To Edit Several Courses: 

  1. Navigate to Curriculum on the left side tab
  2. Click Courses
  3. Select the courses you want to edit. At the bottom of the page the Platform will display the number of selected courses
  4. To edit, click Edit Grade Weights on the bottom right

5. The selected courses will be listed by category (Science, History, Math) on the left side of the page

  • Non-Math courses have different configuration options than Math courses. Start the configuration process by clicking Non-Math Courses on the top. Select the desired course weight and if you want Additional Focus Areas included in the configuration. The configuration will be applied to all non-Math courses
  • To edit Math Courses, click Math courses. Choose the desired weight, then turn on/off Portfolio Problems and Additional Focus Areas. The selected configuration will be applied to all Math courses

8. Click Save to finish the process 
9. On the Courses page, you can hover over each course to review the configurationmceclip8.png


Important note:

  • If a curriculum author makes modifications to grading areas (i.e. removing all the projects), the course weight will automatically rebalance to other remaining grading areas. 
  • If a curriculum author adds a grading area, the Platform will give it a weight of 0%. The GSM will have to edit the grade configuration of that specific course to assign the desired weight. 
  • The GSM will get a notification every time a curriculum author modifies grading areas. 

Watch this video to learn more about grades and how to edit the course weight.   

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