Back to School FAQs for Teachers

As you return to school for the upcoming year, we want to review the most frequently asked back-to-school questions regarding your Engrade teacher account.

  1. When will I see this year's classes and students?
  2. Review: What are Grading Periods and Marking Periods?
  3. Can I copy classes from previous years?
  4. How do I prep my new classes?
  5. How do I update student/parent account info and reset passwords?
  6. Can I copy assignments from previous years?
  7. Can I re-use class websites?
  8. Review: How do I enter grades?
  9. Review: How do I print reports?

When will I see this year's classes and students?

Your school administrator will be responsible for creating the new grading period and marking period terms, as well as updating the student roster for the new year. They may create classes for you, or you may create them on your own, once the new grading period has been setup.

You will want to inquire with your administrator if you are unsure who will be responsible for creating your classes and rostering your classes with students.

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Review: What are Grading Periods and Marking Periods?

Grading Periods

What are Grading Periods? Grading periods represent the entire length of a course or class.  Most commonly, schools in Engrade configure 1 grading period to run for the entirety of the School Year.  Grading Period = School Year.

Marking Periods

What are Marking Periods? Marking Periods are used to segment the grading period into specific time ranges for the purpose of reporting grades.  Most commonly, schools in Engrade use Marking Periods to represent their quarters, semesters, trimesters, etc.  Designation and Averaged Marking Periods may also be created by your school administrator to automatically segment exam scores outside of regular term grades, as well as automatically calculate end of semester or end of year averages.  Marking Period = Term.

Teacher Responsibilities

As a teacher, what am I responsible for regarding Grading Periods/Marking Periods? Teachers do not configure their school's yearly structure, this is handled by your school administrators.  However, once you navigate into your Engrade classes, you will notice the GP/MP dropdown in the top right corner of most screens.  You will want to ensure the correct grading period and marking period are displaying in this dropdown when you want to view or enter data into your Engrade classes. 

Additionally, review the specific date ranges of your marking periods in the top left corner of your gradebook.  These date ranges will sort your assignments, attendance, behavior, comments, etc. into the appropriate marking period.  If your date range falls outside of your intended marking period, it may not be visible to you.  Ensure you are entering accurate assignment due dates and leaving attendance or other marks on the correct dates. 

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Can I copy classes from previous years?

Yes! If you are teaching the same classes as you have in prior years, you can quickly copy these classes into the new year to save time.  

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How do I prep my new classes?

Once you have your new classes created, you will want to review their Settings and Add Students

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How do I update student/parent account info and reset passwords?

Navigate into the class and select Students on the left side menu. Choose a single student's name and select their Account tab to review available student and parent accounts.  In this Account pop-up, select the account name to review the username and reset the password.  

Print a list of all student or parent accounts by hovering over the Options button on your students page, then choose Print/Export Student or Parent Flyers.

Create new student accounts by hovering over the Options button and selecting Register All.

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Can I copy assignments from previous years?

Yes. You do have the option of copying a class, including its assignments, into a new grading period.  Or, if you have already created your class for the new year, you can copy assignments from a past class into your new class.

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Can I re-use class websites?

Yes, you can link your class websites to any of your classes, including classes in new years or grading periods.  You must first ensure your new class is created.  Then, from your Active Classes page, select the current grading period in your top right dropdown menu.  You want to ensure you can see your new class that you wish to link your class website to.  

Next, select Class Websites on the left side menu, and choose the Link Classes tab.  Locate your new class in the list, and in the website title dropdown menu, select the website you would like to link to it.  Finally, choose the green Submit button.  Your class website will now be linked in your new class.

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Review: How do I enter grades?

You can enter grades on the Assignment Creation or Edit page, directly into the gradebook, or even on an individual student's scores page. 
Numerals and the letters and are accepted values. Type comments after these accepted values to display to students/parents.
Engrade automatically calculates your grades for you! Review your Grade Settings page in your class to see how Engrade is calculating grades.  
There are several other grading features that help to save you time when entering and calculating grades! 

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 Review: How do I print reports?

You have a variety of reports to print at anytime within each class's Gradebook. Hover over the Print button to view the list of available reports. 


Additionally, utilize the Multiclass Reports feature if you teach the same students in several classes.  

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 If you have further questions, check out our help articles for Teachers.



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