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Foundation Training  Gradebook Progress Reports 
Getting Started  Gradebook Supports Progress Report Preparation (Secondary Schools)
Elementary  Gradebook will not Open  Elementary Progress Report Card Teachers Guide (Elementary Schools) 
Secondary Gradebook Quick Reference    
  OSX Mavericks (Version 10.9)  

 

Step 1:  Access PowerSource From Your PowerTeacher Page

After you login to PowerTeacher, use the single sign-on to PowerSource from the "arrow" icon,  located in the upper, right-hand corner of the page. Then select PowerSource.

PowerTeacher URL: https://powerschool.sandi.net/teachers/

Firefox is the district supported browser for PowerTeacher and PowerSchool.

 

Step 2:  Access PowerTeacher Training Links

Remember to first access PowerSource from your PowerTeacher page, prior to clicking a training link. The following content is specific to Elementary and Secondary teachers. Each tutorial will aid you in completing your tasks in PowerTeacher. For site specific quesions, please ask your digital teacher leader for assistance.

Elementary

This section contains:

  • Required prior to start of school
  • Recommended for First Elementary Progress Report Card Entry (learning needed prior to Elementary Progress Report Card Entry)
  • Optional - Going Further (additional learning for teachers)

Required prior to start of school

Course 1: How to take Attendance and PowerTeacher Overview (45 Minutes)

Necessary for First Elementary Progress Report Card Entry:

Course 2:  PowerTeacher Gradebook - Getting Started (35 Minutes)

Course 3:  PowerTeacher Gradebook - Standards Final Grades Entry (20 Minutes)

Optional - Going Further

Remember to first access PowerSource from your PowerTeacher page, prior to clicking a training link.
Course 4:  PowerTeacher Gradebook - Analysis and Reporting - Distance Learning (20 Minutes)

Course 5:  Seating Chart - Distance Learning (40 Minutes)

 

Secondary

This section contains:

  • Required for start of school
  • Recommended for September (for teachers/school sites that will be using the PowerTeacher Gradebook)
  • Optional - Going Further (additional learning for teachers)

Remember to first access PowerSource from your PowerTeacher page, prior to clicking a training link.

Required for start of school:

Please use a Firefox Web Browser to access the training.

Please use a Firefox Web Browser to access the training.

 

Recommended for start of school:

Course 2:  PowerTeacher Gradebook - Getting Started - Distance Learning (60 Minutes)

Course 3:  PowerTeacher Gradebook - Working with Grades - Distance Learning (55 Minutes)

 

Optional - Going Further

Remember to first access PowerSource from your PowerTeacher page, prior to clicking a training link.

Course 4:  PowerTeacher Gradebook - Analysis and Reporting - Distance Learning (60 Minutes)

 

Additional Support:

Gradebook Support:

 

Gradebook Will Not Open:

If the grade book will not open please follow these steps.
 
Step 1:  Please make sure to use the Firefox web browser when using PowerSchool.  Please make sure when opening the grade book, to click on the icon pictured below.  If the grade book still does not open, proceed to Step 2.
 
Gradebook Icon  
 
Step 2:  The grade book runs using Java on the computer.  We will make sure PowerSchool is allowed to save the grade book file to the computer by setting these settings:
 
A.  Click on the Windows icon in the bottom right of the screen.
Windows Icon  
B.  Locate and click on the Control Panel in the right hand column.
control panel  
 
C.  Locate the Java Control Panel with the picture of the icon below and click to open it.
Java Control Panel  
D.   Click on the General Tab and then click on Settings.
Java Settings 1  
 
E.  Click the check box to the left of "Keep temporary files on my computer."  Then, click the OK button at bottom right.
Java Screen
F.  On the next screen, pictured below, click the OK button on bottom right.
Java Control Panel 3  
 
G.  Restart the Computer and try accessing the grade book again.  If, after restarting the computer, the grade book is still not able to be accessed, then please proceed to Step 3 below.
Step 3:  Update the Firefox web browser and Java to the supported version for PowerSchool.  To do so, please see PDF iconthis Job Aid (tutorial) and Update the SDUSD Web Application Compatibility Pack
 
Once you have gone through the steps above, if the issue still persists, please contact the ITSS Help Desk at 619-209-HELP (4357) with the Teacher Name, Teacher ID, and School Name.

Classes or Students Not Showing Up in the Grade book:

When accessing PowerTeacher Gradebook,  if classes or students are not showing up, please check the following:
 
In the upper left corner, under the word "Classes," select the appropriate term from the drop down list. If the students do not show after doing the following, please contact the ITSS Help Desk at 619-209-HELP (4357) with the Teacher Name, Teacher ID, and School Name.
 
 Secondary Teachers Screen Shot  Elementary Teachers Screen Shot
 Gradebook Term Secondary  Gradebook Term Elementary
Quick Reference Grade Book Training Topics:
Remember to first access PowerSource from your PowerTeacher page, prior to clicking a training link.
Training Course Topic Description
 PowerTeacher Gradebook:  Getting Started  Grade book Access: Accessing the Gradebook  How to access PowerTeacher Gradebook as a teacher.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook:  Getting Started  Creating an Assignment  Creating an assignment in PowerTeacher grade book.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook:  Getting Started  Entering Student Scores  Entering student scores in the PowerTeacher Gradebook
 PowerTeacher Gradebook:  Getting Started  Locking Your Gradebook  To keep your gradebook secure, you can lock your gradebook when need to step away.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook:  Getting Started  Student and Class Information: Using the Student Info Tab  Student details.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook:  Getting Started  Student and Class Information: Using the Class Content Tab  The class content tab contains three modes:  class info, school content, and my content.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook:  Getting Started  Student and Class Information: Customizing the Class Description  Learn how to customize your class description.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook:  Getting Started  Student and Class Information: Copying a Class Description  How to copy the class description from one class to another.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook:  Getting Started  Assignment Categories: Working with assignment Categories  Learn how to add and edit assignment categories.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook:  Getting Started  Assignments: Creating and Publishing Assignments  Learn how to create and publish assignments.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook:  Getting Started  Assignments: Editing Assignments  Learn how to edit assignments.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook:  Getting Started  Assignments: Copying Assignments  Learn how to copy assignments.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Grade Scales Setup: Default Grade Scale  Discusses the Default grade scale in PowerTeacher Grade book.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Grade Scales Setup: Custom Grade Scales  Learn how to create custom grade scales within a class of students.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Final Grade Calculation Setup: Calculation Methods  Synopsis of the grade calculation methods.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Final Grade Calculation Setup: Total Points Calculation Method  Learn how to calculate grades based on the total points method.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Final Grade Calculation Setup: Term Weights Calculation Method  Learn how to calculate grades based on the term weights method.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Final Grade Calculation Setup: Category Weights Calculation Method  Learn how to calculate grades based on the Category Weights method.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Working with Scores: The Scoresheet  Learn about the other options for entering scores.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Working with Scores: The Score Inspector  Learn how to modify percent scores, letter scores, score indicator
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Working with Scores: Score Codes  Learn how to set up score codes to indicate any particular status for a student on his or her assignment.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Working with Scores: Custom Comment Bank  Learn how to use the PowerTeacher grade book preferences window to add your personal comment bank.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Working with Scores: Fill Scores  Learn how to enter scores quickly on the Scoresheet using the Fill Scores function.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Working with Final Grades: Citizenship  Learn how to enter citizenship grades for final grades process.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Working with Final Grades: Grading Preferences  Learning about the Gradebook Preferences.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Working with Final Grades: Final Grade Override  Learn how to make a final grade override.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Working with Grades  Working with Final Grades: Final Grade Completion  Learn how to notify your front office that final grades are complete in the grade book.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Analysis and Reporting  Working with Groups: Adding Student Groups  Learn about working with student groups in PowerTeacher Gradebook.
  PowerTeacher Gradebook: Analysis and Reporting  Working with Groups: Analysis and Reporting  Learn how to organize students into groups to filter information or mass assign scores.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Analysis and Reporting  Working with Scoresheet Modes: Assignments Mode  Learn how to work with and filter assignments.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Analysis and Reporting  Working with Scoresheet: Final Grades Mode  Learn how to view overall score for assignments in each category and enter citizenship scores.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Analysis and Reporting  Working with Scoresheet: Student View Mode  Learn how to view averages for assignments and final grades for the whole class.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Analysis and Reporting  Working with Reports: Reports Overview  Learn how to print PowerTeacher Gradebook reports.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Analysis and Reporting  Working with Reports: Individual Student Report  Learn how to run the Individual Student Report.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Analysis and Reporting  Working with Reports: Missing Assignment Report  Learn how to run the Missing Assignment Report.
 PowerTeacher Gradebook: Analysis and Reporting  Working with Reports: Student Roster Report  Learn how to run the Student Roster Report.

Gradebook Supports for Mac OSX (version 10.9) Mavericks

Please see the following tips for opening the PowerSchool Gradebook in Mac OSX Mavericks.
If the gradebook file does not open automatically and/or receives the error message "launchGradeBook.jnlp can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer", please use the following tips:
 
Step 1:  In the Firefox Web Browser downloads window, click the magnifying class on the far right (circled in red).  Then, select Show in Finder (circled in red).
Show Finder  
 
Step 2:   In the finder window, right click on the file and choose open with.  Select Java Web Start.
finder open with  
 
Step 3:  Click Open button.

open button