How can Grade System Managers set grade configurations for courses?

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The Grade System Manager (GSM) is responsible for setting all grade configurations for all courses before 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 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 are:

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%

 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 or visit our Grades Overview article to learn more about grades and how to edit the course weight.   

Editing 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
  5. Select the course weighting and click Save Screenshot
  6. If you select Custom, enter the percent weight, making sure the sum of all percentages equals 100% and click Save


Editing several courses at once 

  1. Navigate to Curriculum on the left side tab
  2. Click Courses
  3. Check the boxes on the courses to select the courses you want to edit
  4. To edit, click Edit grade weights on the bottom right
  5. The selected courses will be listed by category (such as Science, History, Math) on the left side of the page
  6. Select the course weighting
  7. Click Save to finish editing grade configurations
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