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Working with Assignments

At least one category must exist before you can create assignments.

Your district may have set up assignment categories at the district level for you and other teachers, or your administrator may have selected categories for your classes. You can use these categories or you can create categories.

Consider how to score an assignment before setting up the assignment:

  • Do you want to record the score as points, a percentage, or letter grade?
  • How many points is the assignment worth?
  • How do you want to weigh the assignment?
  • Do you want to include the assignment in the final grade calculation?

Count in Final Grade

When you create an assignment, select Count in Traditional Final Grade if the assignment should be included in the traditional final grade calculation. The value set for a category is the default for all assignments within that category but can be overridden on an assignment-by-assignment basis.


Assignment setup includes the option to weight assignments. Weighting gives particular assignments more value than others when determining final grades. The weight value is used to multiply the points earned and the points possible.

Extra Points

You have the option to allow extra points for an assignment. PowerTeacher Pro takes the total sum of Points Possible and Extra Points to determine the maximum points available on the assignment. When entering the score on the Scoresheet, you cannot enter a value greater than the maximum score that displays in the Max Entry field on the Assignments window.

The maximum point value ((Points * Weighting) + Extra Points) for any assignment is 9,999 within PowerTeacher Pro.

Standards Based Grades

You can assign multiple standards to an assignment, which can be scored separately or auto-calculated from assignment scores.

Each standard can also be selected to Count in Grade separately.
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