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Including student effort in your gradebook

Include student effort data in your electronic gradebook even if it does not impact the student’s overall grade. Including effort data will allow students, parents, and you to compare and contrast academic performance with in-class effort. Often the effort data that is reported is each student’s Overall Effort Percentage (OEP) but you may opt to report a specific effort category.

To set up your electronic gradebook to include effort data take the following steps:

  1. Create a category in you electronic gradebook, suggested title: “In-Class Effort” (or use an existing category).
  2. If you created a new gradebook category, assign a weight of from 0 to 100% depending on a) school policy b) type of class (e.g. Advisory could be 100%), and c) whether you are using the Teacher Scoring App to score effort alone or effort and some class assignments.
  3. Under your chosen gradebook category, create a 100-point assignment, suggested title: “In-class Effort from ___ to ___” – the first blank = the starting date of the E4Effort Term; second blank = the date you enter student Overall Effort Percentages (see #1 in the image). If you have assigned a gradebook category weight of zero in step 2 above, this 100-point assignment will have no impact on the student’s grade.
  4. Enter the Overall Effort Percentages shown in the Students table (#1) into your gradebook’s 100-point effort assignment (#2).
  5. Weekly or biweekly, edit the assignment you created in Step 3 (don’t create a new assignment) by changing the end date and updating the Overall Effort Percentages. When you change the end date the assignment should move to the front or top of your gradebook.