jmc Teacher's category and assignment model lends itself to incredible calculation customization. Each category can be individually tailored to your needs, including weight toward grade percentage, how assignments with the category calculate toward a category average, whether the category counts as extra credit, and more.

Even import your categories from last year's classes to reuse this year!

In jmc Teacher, head to Scores > Categories and Assignments to begin customizing your categories!

Step One: Select the course using the "Courses" drop-down list to begin entering categories.

Step Two: Click the "Add Category" link to enter new category information or click the name of an existing category to edit its information.

Step Three: Enter the category name in the "Category Name" field to organize assignments.

Helpful Tip: Use categories to organize your assignment by assignment type. For example, use categories like "Assessments", "Tests", "Quizzes", "Homework", "Group Work", etc.

Step Four: Select a color from the "Category Color" color picker to display the category in a specific color on the "Assignment Scores" page.

Step Five (optional): Enter a number in the "Weight" field to define how much weight the category will carry in relation to the other categories in the class when calculating a student's class percentage.

Fun Fact: Weights are ratios in relation to the other categories. For example, if you want "Tests" to weigh twice as much as "Homework", set the "Test" weight to "2" and the "Homework" weight to "1" or any other equivalent ratio, such as "50" to "25".

A few helpful tips

  • If you know how many categories you are going to use prior to the start of the term, you can set your weights to add up to 100. This will allow your ratios to convert to percentages.

  • If you decide to adjust your category weights during the grading term, don't worry, jmc Teacher will recalculate student grade percentages automatically.

Step Six: Select a choice from the "Assignment Weights" drop-down list to choose how the individual assignments within the category will be weighted.

  • Equal: All assignments regardless of point value will carry the same weight toward the course grade. For example, a 10 point assignment and a 100 point assignment would be of equal value

  • By Points: Point totals for the assignments would contribute to the weight for that assignment. For example, a 100 point assignment would be weighted 10 times as much as a 10 point assignment

  • User-Defined: Specify the weight for each individual assignment

Step Seven: Select a radio button from the "Special Calculate Options" box to determine how assignment scores are included in the category average calculation. Then fill out the appropriate fields highlighted below.

  • None: no special calculation will occur

  • # of low scores to drop: enter a number in the field to exclude a set number of low scores in the grade calculation

  • Calculate average using most recent (N) scores: enter a number in the field to average a set number of scores that appear toward the end of the grading period

  • Decaying Average(%): enter a number in the field to put more weight on the recent (X) number of scores. This option is particularly helpful when assuming a student's proficiency increases with more experience and practice

Step Eight (optional): Place a checkmark in the "Extra Credit Category" checkbox to calculate any assignments in the category as extra credit toward the student's grade percentage.

Step Nine (optional): Place a checkmark in the "Stand-alone Category" checkbox to indicate this category contains no assignments, but instead acts like its own assignment.

Step Ten (optional): Enter a number in the "Sort Order" field to display the category in a specified order (1 being at the top of the list).

Step Eleven: Click the "Save" button to save this category or the “Cancel” button to exit.

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