Q: I teach in a self-contained classroom in my elementary school and my school imports a different roster each for each subject, containing the same students. What is the best way to set up my classes?
A: The best option for how to set up your class will depend on whether you use a Gradebook in PowerSchool Learning and how you want classes to display on your students’ Portals.
Please note: If your school just imports one class (ex: Mr. Smith’s 4th grade) and the associated Roster for that class, you can still create separate Traditional Gradebooks for each subject or differentiate subjects by using Gradebook Categories. However, if using SBG, there is only one Standards-Based Gradebook per class, so the only differentiation would be the standards that are used, and how they are organized.
If your school imports a separate class for each of the subjects that you are teaching, here are some best practice options depending on your school’s grade reporting needs:
- If the 1) teacher is the same across the imported classes, 2) students are the same across the imported rosters, and 3) grades will be reported by Class Import ID to the SIS,
- Then the best option is to keep each subject as a separate class.
- Each subject will display separately on Student/Parent Portals, similar to a high school scenario where students have different Classes for each subject.
- If the 1) teacher is the same across the imported Classes, 2) students are the same in the imported Rosters, and 3) reporting grade data by Class Import ID to the SIS is NOT a consideration,
- You can use just one of those imported Class Rosters as your class and rename it as you see fit.
- With this option, all grades will be contained in the same Class.
- If using a Traditional Gradebook, Teachers can set up separate Gradebooks or use Gradebook Categories.
- If using SBG, there is only one Standards-Based Gradebook per class, so the only differentiation would be the standards that are used.
If imported rosters are not a concern and you would like to see additional options for elementary classrooms with a Homeroom Teacher and Specialists, please see the following article: