How do I enable grading periods in my course?

Create separate grading periods, so you can easily divide grades by date range without building additional courses in Echo.

Grading periods are used in cases where there is a need to reset the grades back to zero but you don’t want to create an entirely new course.  It can also be used in districts that have policies that require grades to be an average of first quarter and second quarter.  Here are some use cases:

  • A district has a policy where the final semester grade is calculated by weighting Quarter 1 at 40%, Quarter 2 at 40% and the Final Exam at 20%.  The course would be configured to have three grading periods (Quarter 1, Quarter 2, and Final Exam) with the appropriate weighting. 
  • A year long course that had very little student movement at the semester and that used the same course ID.  The course would be configured to have two grading periods (Semester 1 and Semester 2).

 

Enable grading periods in your course

NOTE:  Before grading periods can be set up in a course, the "grading periods" feature must be turned on at the domain level. The Echo administrator for a school can do this.

An Echo admin can visit this article to learn how to enable the "grading periods" option for teachers for an entire domain.

Once grading periods have been enabled for a domain, follow the directions below to set them up for a course. 

 

From the homepage, select the "Editor" icon on the course that needs grading periods enabled.

 

 

Click the "Tools" icon located in the top tool bar.

 

 

Click on "Course settings".

 

 

1. In the "Grading periods" section, check the "Use grading periods" box. From here, you can:

  • Add as many grading periods (terms) as you need
  • Give each grading period a name
  • Assign each grading period a grading weight. This number determines the relative impact each period has on the overall grade; if each period should have equal impact, assign the same number to each
  • In a Multi-Outcome Scoring course, period weights do not determine relative impact on the final grade, so the value you enter represents only "full credit" for the period. If you enter 100 for each period weight, Echo provides the student's performance out of 100 and the calculated percentage for the period
  • Remove grading periods by clicking the garbage can (delete) icon next to each
  • Use the up and down arrows to manage the period order
  • Ignore the "Grading Categories" (that section doesn't apply to our work)

2. Click "SAVE" in the upper right hand corner.

*IF you want students to ONLY see the grade for the current term/period, set the weight to 100% for the current period, otherwise students will see the cumulative grade they have earned from the beginning of the course. If you later want to see the overall grade, set the weights back to the appropriate number.

 

 

 

Assign activities to a grading period.

 

From the homepage, select the "Editor" icon on the course that needs activites assigned to a grading period.

 

 

Find the activity that needs a grading period assigned. Click the "Editor" icon on that activity.

 

 

Within the pop up window, select the "Gradebook" tab.

 

 

Locate the "Period" drop down menu.

1. Select the grading period you want this activity to fall under.

2. Click "Save".

 

 

Using the Gradebook Filter to view grades

 

From the homepage, click on the "Editor" icon located on the course that needs the gradebook filter to view grades.

 

 

Click the "Menu" icon on the left hand side of the top tool bar.  

 

 

Click on "Gradebook".

 

 

1. Click the "Filter" icon in the upper right hand corner.

2. From the "Period" drop down menu, select the period to view activities and grades for them.

 

 

Tips

If you forgot to enable grading periods at the beginning of your course and you already have grades in your gradebook, follow the instructions in this video.

  • We don’t recommend using grading periods if there is significant enrollment changes between grading periods.  In this case, it’s better to create a new course and re-enroll students for a fresh start.  This is also true if there is a different course code for each semester.
  • If grading periods are used, teachers can select which grading period assignments are associated with and filter their gradebook by grading period to see only the current grading period.  Each grading period has its own subtotals and the system uses the weighting to calculate a final grade.
  • Only gradable activities can be assigned to grading periods.

 

 

Echo is constantly being improved based on the feedback from users and we strive to keep our documentation up to date.  If this document doesn’t match what you are seeing in Echo, please let us know.

 

 

 

 

Documentation for Prior Interface

Step 1:  Enable grading periods in your course

  1. Open the Editor tool using the Main Menu.
  2. Click Settings in the toolbar and select the Scores tab.
  3. In the Grading Periods section, check the Use Grading Periods box. From here, you can:
    • Add as many grading periods ( terms) as you need
    • Give each grading period a name
    • Assign each grading period a grading weight. This number determines the relative impact each period has on the overall grade; if each period should have equal impact, assign the same number to each.*
    • In a Multi-Outcome Scoring course, period weights do not determine relative impact on the final grade, so the value you enter represents only "full credit" for the period. If you enter 100 for each period weight, Echo provides the student's performance out of 100 and the calculated percentage for the period.
    • Remove grading periods by clicking the garbage can (delete) icon next to each.
    • Use the up and down arrows to manage the period order.
    • *Ignore the "Grading Categories" that section doesn't apply to our work

4.  Save

*IF you want students to ONLY see the grade for the current term/period, set the weight to 100% for the current period, otherwise students will see the cumulative grade they have earned from the beginning of the course. If you later want to see the overall grade, set the weights back to the appropriate number.

 

Step 1:  Enable grading periods in your course

Step 2:  Assign activities to grading periods

Once you've enabled grading periods, use the activity editors to assign activities to them.

  1. Open the Editor tool, select the desired activity, and click the pencil (edit) icon.
  2. Check the Gradable box in the Scores tab and select the desired period from the Period dropdown.
  3. Save.
  4. You can also assign activities to grading periods using the Bulk Edit Tool
Step 2:  Assign activities to grading periods

Step 3:  Using the Gradebook Filter to view grades

To view grades by period or term, use the Filter button. This will expand your tool bar to reveal your options

Step 3:  Using the Gradebook Filter to view grades

Use the drop down menu to view by grading period

Tips

If you forgot to enable grading periods at the beginning of your course and you already have grades in your gradebook, follow the instructions in this video.

  • We don’t recommend using grading periods if there is significant enrollment changes between grading periods.  In this case, it’s better to create a new course and re-enroll students for a fresh start.  This is also true if there is a different course code for each semester.
  • If grading periods are used, teachers can select which grading period assignments are associated with and filter their gradebook by grading period to see only the current grading period.  Each grading period has its own subtotals and the system uses the weighting to calculate a final grade.
  • Only gradable activities can be assigned to grading periods.
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