Modify Categories

RobertSchmidt
Trainee

Modify Categories

I am a new teacher at a small school. Initially I set up my grade categories to be weighted at 40-30-15-15 percentage points of the total grade. Thus I had 4 grade categories, contributing to 40% of the total grade, 30%, etc. I have decided that I want to remove a category and redistribute those grade points to the remaining 3 categories, so I have 40-40-20 percentage points on my weights for the remaining categories.

When I go to remove the unwanted category in my categories tab, I am unable to, as is shown in the picture below. I am also unable to adjust weights on the remaining categories.

I asked my network administrator what was the issue here, and she reported to me that I was unable to do so after the beginning of the semester. As I am the only secondary math teacher in the school, and our school is the only school in the district, I represent the math department on the district level, so I don't understand why I shouldn't be able to change this. 

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JeffG9
PowerSchool Champion
PowerSchool Champion

@RobertSchmidt  You cannot delete that category because it has been pushed out to your gradebook from the Admin side of PowerSchool (see that little "house" icon?). The easiest solution is to simply not create any assignments in that category, but if it is already Inactive there is no functional reason to delete it.

 

If you were able to create the Category Weighting you wanted previously you should still be able to make adjustments--unless a grade calculation was pushed out from the Admin side set so that teachers cannot edit it. When you go to Settings>Traditional Grade Calculations, is the Pencil Icon gone? It is patently untrue that grade calculations cannot be changed after a term begins (unless steps are taken on the Admin side).

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JeffG9
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PowerSchool Champion

@RobertSchmidt  You cannot delete that category because it has been pushed out to your gradebook from the Admin side of PowerSchool (see that little "house" icon?). The easiest solution is to simply not create any assignments in that category, but if it is already Inactive there is no functional reason to delete it.

 

If you were able to create the Category Weighting you wanted previously you should still be able to make adjustments--unless a grade calculation was pushed out from the Admin side set so that teachers cannot edit it. When you go to Settings>Traditional Grade Calculations, is the Pencil Icon gone? It is patently untrue that grade calculations cannot be changed after a term begins (unless steps are taken on the Admin side).

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RobertSchmidt
Trainee

Thank you for your reply @JeffG9 . If it is an issue only resolved on the admin side, who would I contact to change that? As far as I can tell, the people who are my school administrators indicated it was outside of their control.

JeffG9
PowerSchool Champion
PowerSchool Champion

@RobertSchmidt   Not knowing anything about your building/district I cannot really answer that, but if you have a PowerSchool Administrator I would start there. If there isn't a dedicated PS Admin (which sounds likely if your district is as small as you describe), whoever the Admin-side user who does things like sets up the school calendar, Years & Terms, FInal Grade/Reporting Term Setup, SOY, EOY, etc. is the person I would start with.

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RobertSchmidt
Trainee

Nevermind on that @JeffG9 . I went to Settings>Traditional Grade Calculations, and was able to adjust the grade weights. Thank you so much for resolving my issue!

JeffG9
PowerSchool Champion
PowerSchool Champion

@RobertSchmidt  Glad to hear it. If you have changed the grade calculations, you should run the "Recalculate FInal Grades" function, which is found in the "Gear" icon on the Scoresheet page. You can run this function as often as you like and it won't "hurt."

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