FAQ: Students and Assignments

How do I reshow a student once the status has been set to WD (hidden)?


To show a student whose status has been set to WD (hidden), choose Records from the Chart menu and select the Students tab. Use the Record pop up menu in the right corner to switch to the student’s record. Use the Status menu to change the status to Active or WD (grayed).


Why are the dates wrong on the calendars and in the charts?


This problem indicates that the computer’s clock is not set properly or the clock’s battery is dead. Use the computer’s Date and Time control panel to set the clock. Refer to your computer’s manual for help in replacing a dead battery.


What are maximum score and points? How should I set them?


By definition, an assignment’s maximum score is the score that is worth 100%. It’s the score that is given when everything is correct (ignoring extra credit). Perhaps you like to score papers using percents (scores between 0 and 100). In this case, as a percents-grader, you should keep the maximum score at 100. Perhaps you count the number of problems the student has correct to get the score. In this case, as a problems-grader, you should set the maximum score to the total number of problems. Perhaps you apply differing amounts of points to problems based on difficulty and then sum the points the student has earned to get the score. In this case, as a points-grader, you should set the maximum score to the number of points possible on the assignment.
Easy Grade Pro uses the maximum score to do one thing only: calculate a student’s percent on the assignment. If a student’s score is 15 and the maximum score is 20, Easy Grade Pro calculates (15/20) x 100 and gets 75%. Notice that the maximum score has nothing to do with the value of an assignment. A student can have a 15 out of 20 on a small assignment as well as on a huge semester project. How is one assignment given more value than another? It is done through the use of assignment points!
By definition, an assignment’s points is the number of points to be earned when a student’s score is equal to the maximum score. Using the example above in which the student’s score is 15 out of 20, the student will get 75% of whatever value is set for points. The student will receive 15 points if there are 20 points possible, 75 points if there are 100 points possible, 150 if there are 200 points possible and so on.
So, how should you set an assignment’s points? The answer depends on your grading style. If you are a points-grader, you should use the same number for maximum score and points. When you do this, the student’s score, whatever it is, will be equal to the number of points earned. If you are a percents-grader or a problems-grader, simply keep the points set at 100 for a typical assignment, 200 for an assignment worth double, 50 for an assignment worth half and so on. Be sure to see FAQ: How is a student’s overall grade calculated?.


If I use category weighting, does it matter how I set assignment points?


If you use category weighting (i.e. Quiz 30%, Homework 50%, Final Exam 20%) and you want all assignments in a category to have the same value, simply set points on all of them to 100, or to 10 or to anything -- as long as they are all the same. However, if you want one assignment to be worth more than another assignment in the same category, then follow the guidelines in the prior FAQ.


Why can't I change the status on one of my assignments? It's stuck on Normal.


If you have set up an Extra Credit category in the Class Options window for a class, then all assignments in that category will automatically have their status set to Normal. This can’t be changed because it makes no sense to have a droppable, extra credit or non-graded extra credit assignment. For more information on Extra Credit categories, refer to the section Class Options: Score Category.


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