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Enter Grades

Into the Gradebook

Class Action's "Student" columns on the left side of the window below, and the assignment categories to its left (such a "Homework" in A Sample Class), are examples of areas into which you can type information.

Information is displayed and entered in “cells,” represented by boxes and underlines in the gradebook window.

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Use the mouse to place the cursor over a cell and click your mouse.

The selected cell is enclosed in a box. Any typing you do will go into it.

To Enter a letter grade, click the Letters button. To enter a percent grade, click the Percents button.

Class Action offers two typing modes, Rapid Entry and Edit.

You will probably use Rapid entry for most typing. When you select a cell with a single click (or move the selection rectangle around with the “Tab,” “Enter,” “Return,” or arrow keys) you are in the Rapid Entry mode.

Rapid Entry supports limited editing. After you select a cell, the first key not only enters a character but also clears previous information. While you are typing, you can use the “backspace” key to eliminate the last character you entered. The “delete” key on the numeric keypad clears a cell completely.

The Edit typing mode offers a complete editing capability and is especially useful in editing longer passages such as student names.

To enter the Edit mode, right click on a cell and select “Edit Cell” from the pop-up menu or select "Edit Cell" from the Edit Menu. A flashing vertical line (called an insertion point) will appear at the end of the text. You can place the insertion bar between any two characters with a mouse click. (If you click outside the cell, Class Action will leave the Edit mode.) Any text you type will appear at the insertion point.

Examples of typing in the two modes are presented in “Finding Your Way Around Class Action.”

You may undo typing by choosing the “Undo” command from the Edit Menu.

Letter grades must be identical to the letter grades you have entered in the second column of the grading scale dialog.

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Class Action will average the low and high of a grade's range. Using the grading scale above, if you enter a B- Class Action averages 79.5 and 83.0 to obtain an average of 81.25. Grade averages are calculated based on 81.25% times the number of points for the assignment.

If you enter a B- in an assignment worth 100 points, the student would receive 81.25 points. A B- in an assignment worth 25 points would give the student 20.3 points out of 25.

Class Action will make the lowest letter grade on your scale 10% below the lowest percent you have entered. In the scale above, an “F” would be valued at 49.5%. If you wish to achieve finer control over the lowest grade, you can enter a point value for your lowest score when you enter scores.


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