Progress Book Review

Posting Homework
Did you know your gradebook may be a place for keeping students and parents informed more than what grade was received on the final project?

Progress Book allows teachers to maintain a class page for announcements and the best part I've found is that in addition to using the grade book, I can post homework to the homework page. By inputing my upcoming assignments BEFORE I'm ready to grade them I can check the post to homework page and parents and students can see upcoming homework on a calendar and agenda style format.

How it works:

Post Assignment to the Homework Web Page.

Input assignments in advance to post them to the homework web page. Give the assignment a description, select an assignment type, assign a due date, assign points and select post to homework web page.

Student Progress Reports
Many schools are using Student Progress Reports instead of Interim Reports per Progress Book lingo.

Following the steps below allow teachers to print their own Interim Progress Reports and get a parent signature.

Printing Interims

For our purposes we are going to print interims by teacher/class via the Student Progress Report utility.


Select sign in.

Once on the Teacher Homepage aka Dashboard you can select a report.

From the report dropdown list select Student Progress Report

Then select Run button.

Select the course or courses you wish to print, then select the arrow to move them to the selected column.

Select the quarter you wish to print i.e QTR1

Then select parent sig. line and any other attributes you want on the document.

Finally select Submit button.

A pdf document will open and you can print to any printer attached to your computer.
I suggest printing to the elementary workroom copier. You will need to staple pages for the same student together. I do not suggest printing double-sided in the case that the report does not have 2 pages.

Schoology -> Progress Book

Download the grade file from Schoology.

Go to Gradebook ->select the options dropdown box -> select export from the list.

Export Gradebook as CSV (select first radio button) -> press Next

Select a location to save.

In a separate file compile a list of student ids

Save that file!

Insert a blank column to the right of the student id and open the CSV file that was downloaded from Schoology in Microsoft Excel. Arrange the windows to be side-by-side.

Find the column containing the assignment you wish to copy. Select the column from the Schoology .csv file you downloaded, select copy,
then select column B of your Excel file containing userid numbers. Paste the grades into column B.
Save the file with student IDs as file type .CSV. I save my file {assignment_name.CSV}.

MUST save as CSV.

I do several assignments at a time copy the column with the scores into column B (next to the ids) save as {assignment_name.CSV}. When you are ready to import the marks into Progress Book login to progress book. Create the assignment if it’s not already created (my assignments are generally already created so I can post them to the homework page), after the assignment is created and points are assigned and it is saved you can select the Marks tab.

From the marks tab, select the Import the Marks link.

Choose the file that contains your marks (you just saved it .CSV -> select Yes to the first row contains headers questions -> Press Import the marks button. Once Marks import select save. If there are no values for a student in Schoology fill-in with Missing/Excluded/or a 0 after saving. Repeat as much as needed!


Throughout the first quarter I was asked several times to define codes, colors, and terms being issued by ProgressBook and well…I just didn’t know. I was using deductive reasoning to determine when you got a blue and when you got a w or a W. Really?! Two different red w’s and let’s face it, even if it’s supposed to be orange it still looks red.

So these two pictures should help a lot.

This first picture is the class dashboard codes.
If you select a class and see these codes next to a student’s name or next to assignments in the assignment list you can decipher what they are trying to tell you. A W next to a student name means withdrawn while a w next to an assignment name means the assignments are posted to the web. Look at the codes if you get stuck while preparing grade cards. Checkmarks let you know grades are entered for all students.
This is a nice quick glance when you are wrapping up the quarter.

The next picture set is grade book grid symbols.
If the grid is highlighted one of these colors it’s indicating that you marked it late, missing, etc.

Enter Report Card Grades by Class
The Report Card forms sent to students' parents are custom designed by the GradeBook system
manager, but teachers enter the grades that appear on these forms. You can enter grades by class or
individual student. If your report card has a large number of assessments, you may want to select
students individually to enter grades. You can use the or key to move from field to field.

1. On the Teacher Home Page or the Class Dashboard, click Enter Report Cards.

2. On the Report Card Entry screen, select the appropriate class or class group in the Class list. If
you accessed this screen from the Class Dashboard, you do not have to select the appropriate
class or class group.

3. Click Show All Students under the Class list or select the student you wish to enter grades.

4. Select the correct report card in the Rpt list. {should be automatically selected, but confirm}
Only the report card(s) associated with the students in the class or in the classes included in the
class group display in the list.

5. Click the check box above the current quarter.

6. Click to automatically calculate and populate the grade using the marks previously entered in the
grade book. (= sign)

You can click on a student's name to open the Student Progress window, which displays
assignments grouped by assessment or assignment type, individual assignment weights, marks,
missing, late or excluded assignments, if any, and comments. This information can help you in
assigning/adjusting grades as needed.

For standards-based report cards (aka skills-based), GradeBook automatically populates the grade
for each assessment. If an assessment grade remains blank, no assignments were mapped to
that assessment during the grading period. You will need to manually input those grades.

7. To override the automatically calculated report card grade, select the grade and change it.

8. If you have to manually enter assessments for each student, click the Assessment name to view
a list of valid codes and respective descriptions.

9. Close the Valid Marks window.

Elementary teachers can only add comments on the ATTENDANCE section. Find the icon to enter
comments up to 3,000 characters.
10. Click Save.
A red outline appears around the field if the grade has not been saved.

More About Report Cards

Enter Report Card Screen

If you want to add comments…

Select attendance from the list. -> select show all students -> click on the paper/pencil icon

If you want to add info to personal growth section…

Select personal growth from the list -> show all students -> select correct option + * / from the list.

If you are adding an E, S, U…

To auto-calculate: select box above QTR1 -> = sign
To manually enter: select the arrow and chose the correct option.



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