Grading Periods vs. Marking Periods

There are some key differences between and when it comes to configuring your school's yearly structure.  See below to learn which configuration suits your school's needs best:

**As a note: is optimized for use with Grading Periods and Marking Periods.  If you choose to use only Grading Periods, some features may not be available to your school.  We only recommend using Grading Periods exclusively if all students change classes every term. 

Grading Periods

A Grading Period (GP) is the period of time for the entire length of a course or class.  Most school configurations involve one grading period that lasts an entire year; however, if courses last for shorter periods of time (e.g., one month) and do not need to be averaged for final grades, schools may opt to use multiple periods per year. 

Who should use ​a Grading Period​ - only configuration?

​Grading Period​-only configuration on will work much the same as, and is ideal for higher ed programs that have shorter course lengths where students change classes every term.  There are two main differences between ​Grading Periods ​on vs. however:

1)​ Grading Periods ​on need to have defined start and end dates.  ​Grading Period ​dates cannot overlap. 

​2) At the term change, teachers/admins ​will need to ​copy classes into the new GP.  Term grades will be tracked in separate class gradebooks for each GP. However, Grading Period ​class gradebooks cannot be averaged together.  Any averages would have to be manually calculated.   

Marking Periods

A Marking Period (MP) represents a segment of the academic year that is isolated by a specific date range for the purpose of reporting term grades. With Marking Periods, the Gradebook is subdivided into manageable segments, and classes exist for an entire school year (one grading period).

The parameters of marking periods can be set to report exam grades or cumulative/weighted averages. Marking periods are not always ideal for schools who have courses that last for short periods of time since marking periods require courses to last for a full school year.

Who should use a ​Marking Period ​configuration?

​Marking Period ​configuration works well for K-12 schools where courses last for an entire year.  Students typically ​do not ​move in and out of classes each term.  There are differences in the class creation workflow if a ​Marking Period ​configuration is selected:

1) Classes are still assigned to a ​Grading Period ​that spans an entire school year.  Grading Periods ​on need to have a defined start and end date.  ​Grading Period ​dates cannot overlap.

2) Only one class for each subject/teacher should be created for the entire year.  ​Teachers/admins ​should not ​copy classes at the term change.  All grades will be tracked in one class gradebook for the entire year.

3) If a student moves out of a class, they should be given ​Archived ​or ​Withdrawn ​status.