When I enter a grade for an assignment, I have to click "Save" to see the new calculated final grade. This makes it extremely difficult to talk to students, admin, counselors, or parents about the hypothetical impact of an assignment. To save hypothetical grades is to invite serious mistakes or misconceptions about the students' grades.
Is there a setting that will allow the final grade to update automatically without saving?
Some of our teachers will post a zero - 0 - grade for assignments or projects not turned in. If a student misses a test and does not take it in a reasonable amount of time, a zero is posted. This allows students and parents to see the impact of missing work, hopefully spurring them on to get the documents completed and turned in. We do have limits for make-up work, though some flexibility is given depending upon the situation.
At the end of the quarter, when a student says, "well if I turn in those three assignments, what will my grade be?" I can only show that student by inputting grades and saving them to the gradebook. Meaning their grade is updated and published with the hypothetical grade for that time. I want to be able to show that student their hypothetical grade without publishing it.
I want to change 0's to 5's and adjust test and quiz scores, and input 0's into future assignments, show a student how those grades impact their final grade, and then hit "Cancel" or "Don't Save" or "Input whatever isn't a button that saves the scores" to make it all go back to the way it was.
This is a big issue for us as we have switched to Pro this year. We want to be able to "fudge" a grade a little as needed (various reasons...) and cannot do that withouth saving. As soon as we hit "save," students and parents see that, so we can't just "Play" with the "what if" situations. Many of us view this as a major fault of the system and impacts how we work with our students. (and I notice now that the original post was a year ago and no official response, so I guess they don't really care.)
No, and that's the primary issue with me - they don't care. I posted a series of flaws from the older system to the new and was reprimanded by a moderator who threatened to report me to my district. Eyeroll - ok, so my district would know that PS refuses to address flaws in their system? OK.
Their canned response is that they have no forum for product suggestions. What they don't say is that they likely have no intention of starting one.
Most districts have a PowerSchool Administrator with access to PowerSource, where they can enter "Enhancement Requests." There is currently a request for exactly the functionality you mention that was created on 12/8/2017. I have just gone in and givent it its 44th "upvote." As a former teacher, I understand why this behavior in PT Pro is cumbersome.
If you have such a person in-district, you can tell them the Enhancement Request is ID 9489.
Just like Canvas. There are some ridiculous problems that could be solved if enough people "vote" for them. (and another problem I'm dealing with invovles an interaction between this and Canvas, which worked with the legacy grade book.)
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I am have the same question! The other concern I have when figuring hypotetical grades is that every time I click "save" it kicks a notification out to students and parents. I would like to avoid any unecessary notifications.
Any help with this problem would be amazing!
The fact that my original post is probably a year-and-a-half old should give you an idea of how important they think this problem is. I hope they address this problem, because I have the same problem with kids and parents getting notifications as I work through their grades.
I understand the importance and need for urgency in processing the request for enhancement in the product.
Please note, the request for the feature that allows the final grade to update automatically without clicking on 'Save', is currently under consideration by our Product team. Designated Support Contacts can access Enhancement Requests in PowerSource and upvote on the request for 'PowerTeacher Pro - Student Grade Calculations in Scoresheet'.
If you are not a Designated Support Contact, We recommend that you reach out to the PowerSchool Designated Support Contact within your district to request the upvote on your behalf. In the meantime, I also recommend reaching out to the Designated Support Contact within your district, to assist you with alternatives to avoid the notifications that students and parents receive each time you click on 'Save'.
We apologize for the long wait and appreciate your patience while we work on reviewing and implementing the necessary enhancements to better your experience while using PowerTeacher Pro.