Creating Categories

  Beginning of Year Procedures, PowerTeacher

PowerTeacher categories allow you to organize your gradebook into various areas on which you can grade students. Categories act as a default set of parameters for grading purposes only. These settings do not affect weighting.

To learn more about setting up weights, click here.

Step 1

Log into PowerTeacher Pro (https://psrcan.psisjs.com/teachers) and open your gradebook.

Step 2

On the blue navigation bar, go to Grading > Categories

Step 3

By default, RCAN provides the following categories:

  • Classwork
  • Homework
  • Quiz
  • Project
  • Test

You do not need to use the predefined categories if you do not wish.

Step 4a - Create a Category

To create a category, click the Create button at the top of the screen and select Category.

On the Category tab, set the following items:

  • Limit this category to these classes: Choose all classes that this category will apply towards
  • Name: Set a category name
  • Status: Set to Active

On the Assignment Defaults tab, set the following items:

  • Score Type: Points
  • Scoring: Enter the maximum number of points this assignment is worth
    Do not add extra points or weight on this screen
  • Publish Assignment: Immediately
  • Publish Scores: Checked
  • Count in Final Grade: Checked

When you have completed your category setup and you ensure that all fields are correct, click the green Save button.

Step 4b - Edit a Category

To edit a category, click the Edit icon to the right of the category you that you want to change

On the Category tab, ensure that the following items are set:

  • Limit this category to these classes: Choose all classes that this category will apply towards
  • Name: Set a category name
  • Status: Set to Active

On district level categories, you cannot change the Name or Color of the category.

On the Assignment Defaults tab, ensure that following items are set:

  • Score Type: Points
  • Scoring: Enter the maximum number of points this assignment is worth
    Do not add extra points or weight on this screen
  • Publish Assignment: Immediately
  • Publish Scores: Checked
  • Count in Final Grade: Checked

When you have completed your category setup and you ensure that all fields are correct, click the green Save button.